Enrichment Fellowship

We recognize and support outstanding students

The Enrichment Fellowship award is a merit-based scholarship given to support the professional development of outstanding new graduate students coming from underrepresented backgrounds and/or academic disciplines.

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

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Details and Eligibility

Award Details

Awardees receive:

  • Full-tuition (renewable, up to 4 semesters, if eligible).
  • Participate of a cohort model and at least two meetings with GC representative.
  • Up to $200 stipend to attend one conference or professional opportunity (for covering registration fees and basic expenses).

Awardees must/will:

  • Have the opportunity to be coached for and participate/compete in the Three Minute Thesis (yearly competition).
  • Participate in GC writing workshops and receive participation stipend, if available.


To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time graduate student in an on-campus, UNI degree program.
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Meet at least one of the criteria below:
    • Previous participation in a TRIO Program;
    • or Self-identification as a traditionally underrepresented (e.g., students who are ethnically or racially diverse; students with military/veteran status, students with disabilities) in their communities and/or in ways that may be specific to their academic discipline or field.


Application and Nomination Process

This application is only open to first year students who are applying for admission.

  • Express your interest and confirm your eligibility.
  • Submit the form to your academic program and upload your resume or CV.
  • Briefly explain: how you meet the eligibility criteria for the fellowship?

Graduate Program Coordinator submits a letter of nomination to the Graduate College through email at gradcollege@uni.edu and copy the student. Each program cannot exceed more than 2 nominations per academic year)

Nomination Letter must include (not to exceed 2 typed pages):

  • (a) Nominee’s strength and academic promise.
  • (b) Nominee’s ability to contribute to the diversity of the academic field and/or the UNI campus community
  • (c) Explanation of how the program/department plans to guide the nominee to successfully complete the degree (e.g. Number of meetings with a mentor/grad coordinator; departmental actions to create a welcoming environment and culture of inclusiveness, any other relevant initiative)

A committee formed by the Graduate College will review nominations. The committee will make award recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College, who will make the final award decisions.

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