Diversity Fellowships are for the recruitment of new graduate students holding the equivalent of a half-time teaching or research assistantship in one of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s degree-granting graduate programs. Diversity Fellowships, in combination with an assistantship, provide up to $15,000 per fiscal year for a stipend, plus tuition for fall and spring semesters, and student health insurance. CAFE will match departmental contributions up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for stipends, plus half the tuition (based on Graduate School scholarship rates and for fall and spring semesters only), and half the student health insurance.

Students who are being recruited to a graduate program must be nominated by their graduate program department chair or 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 http://www.manrrs.org/.

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 AG-SUBMIT-L@LSV.UKY.EDU.

The deadline for 2017-2018 nominations is March 1, 2017. 

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 current students, or for year-two awardees

• Statement of recommendation from Director of Graduate Studies or Department Chair (statement may be written by faculty member recruiting the nominee) that shows how the nominee contributes to the university’s compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity

• Submission of a current resume

• Submission of a copy of GRE scores

• Submission of transcript(s) of bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree. Copies are acceptable. Unofficial UK transcripts are acceptable. 

Nominations for first year candidates must include:

• Completed nomination form

• Current resume

• Copy of GRE scores

• Post-secondary transcripts (copies or unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

 Nomination Form