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Recruitment Assistance Grants

The Graduate School is making available competitively awarded Recruitment Assistance Grants for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. These grants are intended to assist in the recruitment of high-quality master’s, doctoral and minority graduate students who have the potential to excel in our graduate programs in the upcoming Academic Year.

Three categories of grants are available: master’s recruitment awards, doctoral recruitment awards, and/or minority graduate student recruitment awards (for master’s or doctoral programs). Programs may apply for multiple categories.

These funds are to be used to host or attend recruiting events or graduate/career expos, to bring potential students to campus for interviews and/or to engage with current faculty and students, to produce traditional print and digital recruitment materials, to use the GRE Search Service, and/or to implement other innovative approaches to the recruitment of graduate students.

Proposals should explain recruitment plans, offer a budget, and identify any additional funding sources. Special consideration will be given to proposals that (1) return to practices with demonstrated past success, (2) detail unique recruiting approaches, (3) include digital recruiting efforts, (4) incorporate matching funds from a departmental, college, or other source, and/or (5) emphasize the recruitment of minority and underrepresented students in a particular area of study.

Awarded funds should be formally encumbered no later than February 28th, 2023, and all awards must be used by April 1st, 2023. Recruitment funds do not roll over to the next year, so it is necessary to plan accordingly. As with any university expenditures of state funds, approval must be provided prior to any commitment of funds. Use of funds must be in compliance with all University and state guidelines. Any necessary forms, including, for example, purchase requisitions, requests to pay an invited guest, or requests for official travel, must be routed through the Graduate School to ensure proper processing and payment. Awarded funds not formally encumbered by February 28  may be recalled by the Graduate School to fund other recruitment efforts.

A post-award report that details the outcome of the recruitment efforts will be required of all successful proposals. Examples of relevant items to be included in the reports are: (1) written narratives about the recruitment activities supported by the funds, (2) number and types of contacts made with potential applicants, (3) number of on-campus visits/interviews held with prospective graduate students, (4) number of applications generated as a result of this plan, and (5) number of graduate students enrolled as a result of these efforts.

Proposals should be submitted via the webform on the Graduate School website.

Initial review will begin on October 6th, 2022.

Please contact Ms. Celina Bernal for additional information (482-1346 or