Administrative Information & Procedures

Diversity Fellowships are for the recruitment of new graduate students holding a teaching or research assistantship in one of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s degree-granting graduate programs. Diversity Fellowships provide the following:

TAs:  Up to $7,500 total for two semesters towards stipend
RAs: Up to $11,000 total for two semesters towards stipend, tuition, and student health insurance
RA/TA: Up to $9,500 total for two semesters towards stipend, tuition, and student health insurance  

Students who are being recruited to a graduate program must be nominated by their director of graduate studies. Open to all qualified students, consideration will be given to nominees who currently or previously held membership as an undergraduate member of a MANRRS chapter at UK  or other post-secondary institution, or have held Independent Membership in MANRRS. For more information about national MANRRS, see

Awardees may be nominated for a second year of funding. Please note that applications for a second year of funding do not require any supporting documentation. College of Agriculture, Food and Environment does not provide tuition scholarships for summer sessions. Nominations are submitted attached to an email to 

Nomination Form

The deadline for 2020-2021 nominations is March 2, 2020. 

Criteria for eligibility of first year nominees:

  • Admission and enrollment to the UK Graduate School in a CAFE master’s or doctoral degree program
  • Full-time status for newly-admitted students
  • Full-time status and a minimum 3.2 GPA for year-two awardees (reappointments)

Nominations for first-year candidates must include:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Current resume
  • Copy of GRE scores
  • Evidence of departmental offer for a TA or RA position
  • Post-secondary transcripts (copies or unofficial transcripts are acceptable)


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