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STEM Diversity Fellowship

Purpose

The goal of this program is to support the recruitment and retention of talented and promising graduate students from groups that are underrepresented in the disciplines, the professoriate or among recipients of doctoral degrees. This fellowship sustains the academic excellence and inclusiveness of the UMass Amherst graduate student community and the entire campus by promoting greater diversity among our graduate students.

Eligibility Criteria

Nomination Process

Evaluation

Questions

Information and Resources

Nomination Form

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is limited to students entering PhD programs in the following colleges:

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information and Computer Science
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Funding is intended for students from groups that are underrepresented in the disciplines, the professoriate or among recipients of doctoral degrees.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations must come from the Graduate Program Director or Graduate Admissions Director, using the attached form.
  • Students are not permitted to apply directly for these fellowships; they must be nominated.
  • Nominations should be submitted to the Graduate Dean’s Office, 514 Goodell, or emailed to stemfellowships@grad.umass.edu
  • The nominating doctoral program must commit to admitting the student and also commit to a plan for providing a funding package of at least 3 years of financial support.  As in all cases, program funding commitments are contingent upon the student’s satisfactory progress in the program and the availability of sufficient funding resources.  The program must commit to assigning an advisor who will mentor the student during the academic year and summers if this is not already the program’s standard practice.
  • Nominations will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis from December, 2017 until April 1, 2018.
  • The review committee will notify departments as quickly as possible to facilitate the program’s diversity recruitment efforts.

Evaluation

  • Nominees should have a demonstrated record of academic excellence and potential for future success. This may be discerned from an applicant’s grades, research experience, work experience, publications, scholarships and awards, participation in programs such as the McNair Scholars Program, letters of recommendation, and other appropriate factors, depending on the nominee’s discipline and background. We encourage admissions committees to look at a range of indicators when evaluating academic success and potential.
  • Applicants’ personal experiences and backgrounds may be discerned from transcripts, personal statements and resumes, letters of recommendation, and other relevant materials. We encourage committees to identify students who attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribal Colleges and Universities; McNair Scholars Program; and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Information on these institutions can be found below.
  • This fellowship is intended primarily to support the recruitment and retention of outstanding students from traditionally underrepresented groups. 

Questions

Please contact Dean of the Graduate School Barbara Krauthamer with questions at barbara@grad.umass.edu

Information and Resources

Survey of Earned Doctorates, data tables:
https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16300/data-tables.cfm

Historically Black Colleges & Universities:
https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/files/2014/09/HBCU-Directory.pdf

Tribal Colleges:
http://sites.ed.gov/whiaiane/tribes-tcus/tribal-colleges-and-universities/

Hispanic Serving Institutions:
http://www.hacu.net/assnfe/

McNair Scholars Program:
https://mcnairscholars.com/

Nomination Form