Graduate Diversity Excellence Fellowship

Deadline for nominations: 5 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2020.

Diversity at Texas A&M University is an indispensable component of academic excellence. The TAMU Graduate Diversity Excellence 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 Excellence Fellowship Guidelines.

Click here to submit a nomination for the Graduate Diversity Excellence Fellowship. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 2020, so that he/she can begin graduate work at TAMU in Summer or Fall 2020.
  • Master’s students currently enrolled at TAMU are eligible for nomination for a doctoral Diversity Excellence 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 Excellence Fellow.

Nominees should have a superior academic record and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • come from educational, cultural or geographic backgrounds that historically have been under-represented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at TAMU;
  • a first generation college graduate (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree);
  • an individual with a disability; or
  • a veteran.

Nominations must include a diversity statement and relevant supporting data and narrative about the basis of the nominee’s eligibility regarding these markers of diversity. For example, if females are underrepresented in electrical engineering, data provided should show the percentage of women in electrical engineering, in their department/program and/or profession.

In addition to meeting the stated criteria of eligibility, nominees for the 2020-2021 Diversity Excellence Fellowship must be applying for enrollment in the following colleges/schools or interdisciplinary programs.

  1. Colleges/Schools of: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Bush School, Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, Mays Business School, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Science, or Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  2. Interdisciplinary programs of: Agribusiness and Managerial Economics, Biotechnology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology at TAMU – College Station, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Genetics, Neuroscience, Toxicology, or Water Management and Hydrological Science.
 

About the Award

The Doctoral Diversity Excellence Fellowship provides four years of funding for domestic doctoral students enrolling for the first time in a doctoral program in Summer or Fall 2020.

Doctoral Diversity Excellence Fellowship Collaborative Funding Details

Years 1-3: $20,000 stipend with 25% or 50% assistantship

$20,000 stipend paid by OGAPS
25% FTE college, department, or program funded assistantship

  • OGAPS and College, collaboratively, pays tuition as well as required university and college fees at full-time enrollment.
  • OGAPS provides reimbursement for the cost of personal health insurance coverage equivalent to the cost of the student health insurance plan premium.

50% FTE college, department, or program funded assistantship

  • OGAPS and College, collaboratively, pays tuition as well as required university and college fees at full-time enrollment.
  • Assistantship payee pays insurance premium for graduate student employee health plan.

Year 4: 50% assistantship (mandatory)

50% FTE college, department, or program funded assistantship

  • Assistantship payee and College, collaboratively, pays tuition as well as required university and college fees.
  • Assistantship payee pays insurance premium for graduate student employee health plan.


The Master’s Diversity Excellence 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 2020.

Master's Diversity Excellence Fellowship Collaborative Funding Details

Years 1 and 2: $15,000 stipend with 25% or 50% assistantship

$15,000 stipend paid by OGAPS
25% FTE college, department, or program funded assistantship

  • OGAPS and College, collaboratively, pays tuition as well as required university and college fees at full-time enrollment.
  • OGAPS provides reimbursement for the cost of personal health insurance coverage equivalent to the cost of the student health insurance plan premium.

50% FTE college, department, or program funded assistantship

  • OGAPS and College, collaboratively, pays tuition as well as required university and college fees at full-time enrollment.
  • Assistantship payee pays insurance premium for graduate student employee health plan.


[*Some exceptions may be approved by OGAPS for a department/program to offer a scholarship instead of an assistantship. The scholarship, at a minimum, must be equivalent to a 25% FTE at the department’s standard assistantship rate. 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.]

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).

Guidelines for Nomination

  • Nominators must submit the student’s ApplyTexas, EngineeringCAS, or Apply Yourself 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.
  • The attached Diversity Excellence Fellowship guidelines above includes a checklist of items 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 Excellence Fellowship​ nominations is 5 p.m., February 7, 2020.

Evaluation Criteria

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 will contribute to diversity in the nominating department/program, university, and future profession. Nominee may be from educational, cultural or geographic backgrounds that historically have been under-represented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at TAMU; may be first generation college graduates (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree); may be an individual with a disability; or a veteran. 
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement such as class rank; GPA; quality of undergraduate institution; honors or other awards; etc. 
  • Relevant experiences outside of the classroom such as extracurricular experiences related to course of study; leadership experiences; work experiences; military experiences; 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

**Master’s and Doctoral nominations will be considered separately.