Diversity Fellowships for Incoming Students

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Diversity Fellowships help recruit a diverse graduate student body at The University of Texas at Austin.  There are several types of diversity fellowship awards (see table below). The intent of these merit fellowships is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. Consistent with the criteria set out in the Graduate School's admission policy, selection for this fellowship will be based on a holistic review of the student's file. The nomination must demonstrate the outstanding academic credentials of the student and how the student might contribute to, or benefit from, the diverse educational environment of that program.

Nominations for the McNair, South Texas and West Texas Fellowships will be reviewed by a Graduate School Committee shortly after the deadline. Programs will be notified quickly of those who satisfy the eligibility criteria. These are twelve-month fellowships. Nominations that include provisions to leverage this one-year fellowship with subsequent support (TA, AI, GRA, or departmental fellowship) in the second and/or third year of study will be given the highest consideration. To retain a Graduate School Fellowship, students must register for a minimum of nine credit hours each long semester (fall and spring), must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and make satisfactory progress towards the degree.

Nomination Process

All nominations for the McNair, South Texas and West Texas Fellowships are submitted by the program's graduate adviser using the online Graduate School Awards System that can be accessed from EASI. Note: If you cannot find the link in EASI, you can trying linking directly to the “GCD Grad School Fellowships” page in EASI. If you are not allowed access there, you are not authorized. Contact Shannon Neuse in GIAC for graduate coordinator authorization, or Gwen Barton in the Graduate School for graduate adviser or GSC chair authorization. The program's graduate coordinator can initiate the nomination process with the student's UT EID. The nomination process is described in a tutorial for the online awards system.

It is important that you check with the Dean's office of your unit for nomination procedures, stipend levels, guidelines and deadlines regarding the general Diversity Recruitment Fellowships. Award decisions for these fellowships have been decentralized. The only recruitment award decisions being handled out of the Graduate School this year will be those for the Harrington, Powers, McNair, Diversity Mentoring, South Texas and West Texas Graduate Fellowships.

Award Stipend (12 month) Health Insurance Assistance* Tuition Assistance Benefit Online nominations open Deadline
McNair Scholars $24,000 yes yes DEC 4, 2014 JAN 23, 2015
South Texas $24,000 yes yes DEC 4, 2014 JAN 23, 2015
West Texas $24,000 yes yes DEC 4, 2014 JAN 23, 2015
Diversity Mentoring Recruitment $24,000 yes yes OCT 20, 2013 NOV 17, 2014
Graduate School Diversity Recruitment (general) Variable+ Optional Optional College specific College specific
Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Supplemental Fellowships Variable+ Optional Optional College specific College specific

+Check with the Dean's office in your unit for details and availability of these fellowships.
* Payment equivalent of student health insurance

McNair Scholars Graduate School Fellowships

The McNair Scholars Graduate Fellowships Program was initiated by the Graduate School to encourage undergraduate McNair Scholars to pursue graduate education at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Available at more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the country, the McNair Scholars Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.  Through the program, students receive academic counseling, financial aid assistance, mentoring, research opportunities, seminars, summer internships, and tutoring.  Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.  About two-thirds of McNair Scholars are low-income, potential first-generation college students. The remaining participants are from groups that are underrepresented in graduate education.

Eligibility

In addition to eligibility requirements listed for Diversity Recruitment fellowships above, nominees must be a McNair Scholar undergraduate.

At The University of Texas, a graduate application fee waiver is provided to McNair Scholars who apply for graduate admission except for MBA, MPA, or Law School.

South Texas Graduate School Fellowships

The South Texas Graduate School Fellowships are for incoming graduate students who grew up in South Texas, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who have graduated from any of the public universities in South Texas (see list below). These fellowships are for students who show promising academic ability in spite of an educational background that may have hampered preparation for graduate studies, e.g. first generation college students (neither parent has achieved a baccalaureate degree).

Eligibility

In addition to eligibility requirements for Diversity Recruitment fellowships above, students must have attended one of the following schools and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be admitted to a graduate program at UT-Austin for the first time:

  • The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • The University of Texas - Pan American
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • Texas A&M International University - Laredo

West Texas Graduate School Fellowships

The West Texas Graduate School Fellowships are for incoming graduate students who enter any master's or doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin who have received their undergraduate degree from any of the public universities in Brewster, Ector, and El Paso counties (see list below).  These fellowships are for incoming graduate students who show promising academic ability in spite of an educational background that may have hampered preparation for graduate studies, e.g. first generation college students (neither parent has achieved a baccalaureate degree).

Eligibility

In addition to eligibility requirements for Diversity Recruitment fellowships above, students must have attended one of the following schools.

  • Sul Ross State University
  • The University of Texas at the Permian Basin
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • West Texas A&M University

Graduate School Diversity Mentoring Recruitment Fellowship
(decentralized - see college or school dean)

These awards are competitive fellowship programs for incoming students and are open to anyone meeting the eligibility criteria and applying to a master's or doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Eligibility

Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be admitted to a graduate program at UT-Austin for the first time, meet a diversity need for that program, and be nominated by the faculty member who received a Diversity Mentoring award. The nomination must demonstrate the outstanding academic credentials of the student, and how the student would contribute to the diverse educational environment of the program.

Graduate School General Diversity Recruitment Fellowships

These competitive fellowships are for incoming graduate students and are open to anyone meeting the eligibility criteria and applying to a master's or doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Eligibility

Note: Award decisions for these fellowships have been decentralized. It is important that you check with the Dean's office of your unit for nomination procedures, stipend levels, guidelines and deadlines regarding these fellowships. The only recruitment award decisions being handled by the Graduate School this year will be those for the Harrington, Powers, McNair, South Texas and West Texas Graduate Fellowships and Diversity Mentoring Awards to faculty.

Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be admitted to a graduate program at UT-Austin for the first time, meet a diversity need for that program, and be nominated by the graduate adviser of the program for which the student is applying for admission. The nomination must demonstrate the outstanding credentials of the student, and how the student would contribute to the diverse educational environment of that program.

Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Supplemental Fellowships

These competitive fellowships are similar to the general Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowships described above, but are intended to provide supplemental support to incoming students who will receive other financial support such as a TA or GRA position from the program. In these cases the program is providing a supplemental stipend but no assistance towards health insurance or tuition and fees.

Eligibility

Same as above for Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowships.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Korves, Assistant Fellowship Manager, 512-232-3603, korvesem@austin.utexas.edu

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