Graduate Diversity Fellowship

Deadline for nominations: 5 p.m., Friday, February 5 2016
Submit nominations through the OGAPS e-proposal system at http://gsf.tamu.edu.

Diversity at Texas A&M University is an indispensable component of academic excellence. The TAMU Graduate Diversity Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of the graduate student population at Texas A&M University. The Fellowship also aims to support the development of high achieving scholars who show promise for distinguished careers and whose life, research experiences and/or employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at TAMU and will maximize the educational benefits of diversity for all students. Click here to download the PDF version of the Diversity Fellowship Guidelines.

  • Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Prospective student must be graduating with a bachelor’s or master’s degree no later than August 2016, so that he/she can begin graduate work at TAMU in Summer or Fall 2016.
  • Master’s students currently enrolled at TAMU are eligible for nomination for a doctoral Diversity Fellowship.
  • Nominees must have submitted an application for graduate admission to Texas A&M by the date of their nomination for this fellowship. The nominating program must plan to admit the nominated student should he/she be selected as a Diversity Fellow.
  • Nominees for the 2016-2017 Diversity Fellowship must be applying for enrollment in the following colleges/schools or interdisciplinary programs.
    • Colleges/Schools of: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Bush School, Education and Human Development, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Mays Business School, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Science, or Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
    • Interdisciplinary programs of:  Agribusiness and Managerial Economics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology at TAMU – College Station, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Genetics, Neuroscience, Toxicology, or Water Management and Hydrological Science.
  • The Doctoral Diversity Fellowship provides four years of funding for domestic doctoral students enrolling for the first time in a doctoral program in Summer or Fall 2016. OGAPS will provide an $18,000 stipend per year for three years and $9,000 per year for tuition and fees for three years, with the nominating department mandated to provide an assistantship of a minimum of 25 % FTE at the department’s standard assistantship rate for three years. If the department provided assistantship is 50% FTE, it must also include payment for health insurance equivalent to the student health insurance plan. If the department provided assistantship is 25% FTE, OGAPS will provide reimbursement to the student for the cost of personal health insurance coverage equivalent to the student health insurance plan.

Also matching funding, at a minimum equivalent to the 50% FTE standard assistantship rate for the nominating department and tuition payment in year 4 is required from the nominating department and/or faculty.

  • The Master’s Diversity Fellowship provides two years of funding for domestic master’s students enrolling for the first time in a master’s program in Summer or Fall 2016.  OGAPS will provide a $13,000 stipend per year for two years and $9,000 for tuition and fees per year for two years, with the nominating department mandated to provide an assistantship* of a minimum of 25 % FTE at the department’s standard assistantship rate. If the department provided assistantship is 50% FTE, it must also include payment for health insurance equivalent to the student health insurance plan. If the department provided assistantship is 25% FTE, OGAPS will provide reimbursement to the student for the cost of personal health insurance coverage equivalent to the student health insurance plan.
  • For both the master’s and doctoral level awards, work effort for the assistantship should be consistent with FTE (e.g. standard work effort for 25% FTE equals 10 hours/week).
  • Some exceptions may be approved by OGAPS for a department/program to offer a scholarship instead of an assistantship. In those cases, the department/program must also provide payment for the student health insurance plan. The request to offer a scholarship instead of an assistantship must be submitted to and approved by OGAPS before the nomination is submitted.
  • Nominators must submit the student’s Apply Texas application materials and a two-page letter of nomination that provides an evaluation of the applicant’s 1) past superior academic performance, 2) relevant experiences outside the classroom, and 3) other indicators of future success; and, finally, 4) how this applicant can contribute to diversity in the nominating department/program and to his/her future profession
  • You will find a checklist of items below that MUST be included when you submit your nomination packet. Reviewing these now will assist you as you prepare for the IGPS submittal process. The deadline for submitting Diversity Fellowship nominations is 5 p.m., February 5, 2016.
Reviewers will consider all aspects of the applicant’s experiences in the evaluation process with a focus on academic achievement and, in addition, how the applicant will contribute to the overall diversity of the University. Specifically, reviewers will consider the following elements:
  • How this applicant can contribute to diversity in the nominating department/program or university, and to his/her future profession [25%]: nominee may be from minority groups that historically have been under-represented at TAMU and/or in their profession; may be first generation college graduates (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree); or may be persons with disabilities or veterans. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement [25%] such as class rank; GPA; standardized test scores, quality of undergraduate institution; honors or other awards; etc.
  • Relevant experiences outside of the classroom [25%] such as extracurricular experience related to course of study; leadership experiences; work experiences; military experience; internships; personal history; international experiences (i.e., study abroad, semester at sea, etc.); research experiences (either at their own university or in summer undergraduate research opportunities at other universities); oral or poster presentations; publications; etc.
  • Letters of recommendation [25%]
**Master’s and Doctoral nominations will be considered separately

DIVERSITY FELLOW nominators MUST submit the following items online to IGPS and MUST submit in the correct database….one is for prospective MASTER’S students and the other for prospective DOCTORAL students:

  1. Entry fields regarding nominee.
  2. Completed nomination letter clearly describing how this student’s application meets all of the criteria regarding selection for the Diversity Fellowship (no more than two (2) pages).
  3. Diversity statement written by the nominator about how this applicant contributes to diversity in the nominating department/program and/or his/her future profession (no more than one (1) page). 
  4. Three (3) references for the student.
  5. Completed Financial Commitment Template (Master's, Doctoral) noting the department/program’s financial offer to complement the Diversity Fellowship benefits. 
  6. Student’s resume or curriculum vitae.
  7. Apply Texas Application materials (application, transcripts, GRE scores unless program has a waiver). 

Items 2-7 should be saved in one (1) pdf file, in the order noted, and uploaded into the IGPS submission system.

  1. Entry fields regarding nominee.
  2. Completed nomination letter clearly describing how this student’s application meets all of the criteria regarding selection for the Diversity Fellowship (no more than two (2) pages).
  3. Diversity statement written by the nominator about how this applicant contributes to diversity in the nominating department/program and/or his/her future profession (no more than one (1) page). 
  4. Two (2) new reference letters for the student (no more than four (4) total pages).
  5. Completed Financial Commitment Template (Master'sDoctoral) noting the department/program’s financial offer to complement the Diversity Fellowship benefits. 
  6. Student’s resume or curriculum vitae.
  7. Copy of undergraduate degree transcript.
  8. Copy of TAMU Master’s degree transcript.

Items 2-8 should be saved in one (1) pdf file, in the order noted, and uploaded into the IGPS submission system.