Graduate Recruitment: Funding and Resources

Recruitment Funding

The Dean’s Office is offering financial assistance to offset some of the costs of travel for graduate student applicants.  The purpose of this program is to help support departments when top applicants would be unlikely to visit campus without some help with travel expenses.  Such expenses are limited to domestic airfare, mileage, meals, and/or lodging. 

In order to receive funding, please submit a request to as early as possible, but no later than February 15, 2019. This request should include the following information:

  • A rank-ordered list of priority graduate student recruits with a summary of their credentials (GPA, GRE, training, diversity, etc.) as justification.
  • A proposed budget for allocating the funds.
  • Feel free to include a ‘fall-back plan’ for allocating funds to applicants’ farther down your priority list in the case that your top-ranked recruits decline your admissions offer or are unable to visit campus.

Diversity Recruitment Funding

DGS’s and/or Department Chairs may apply for up to $1,000 in matching funds to support departmental efforts to increase diversity in the graduate student body through recruitment to their programs. In order to apply, please complete this form and submit it to the Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Sarah Lyon ( for consideration. Please see the application for more information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note, funding may also be available from the Graduate School and we encourage you to submit an application to them directly to support your efforts. 



UK and College Resources

Diversity and Inclusion: College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate School Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Underrepresented Minority Graduate Scholars Mentoring Program

Diversity Resources for Faculty and Staff

Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives


Other Resources

Best Practices for Recruiting Underrepresented Students (UGA)

Diversifying Graduate Schools and the Faculty Report

Best Recruitment Practices for Qualified and Diverse Graduate Students (University of Arizona)

Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Minorities in Graduate Programs (University of Minnesota)

Guide to Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Graduate Students (Berkeley)

Attracting the Right Applicants (Council of Graduate Schools)

Preferred Recruitment Strategies of US Graduate Schools (ICEF Monitor)


Fellowship Programs and Funding Opportunities

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF)

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (NSF)

Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholars Program

Gates Millennium Scholars

National Gem Consortium

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