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Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Research Assistantship

The GOP Award is a 3-quarter merit-based research assistantship to help increase the quality of education and research in master’s and doctoral programs at the University of Washington. The award is based on a department’s diversity plan and not on an individual student application. It is an expectation that this state-funded award be used to recruit underrepresented minority students to your department. 

The purpose of the GOP Award is to assist departments in recruiting and developing a diverse community of graduate scholars.  Departments targeting graduate students of color are especially encouraged to apply.

2018–19 GOP Application

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sent to GPCs and GPAs on Thursday, November 30, 2017

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

NOTIFICATIONS: Wednesday,  January 31, 2018

ELIGIBILITY:  Departments with state-based master’s and/or doctoral programs are invited to apply.  The following programs are ineligible:

  • Professional degree programs (Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy)
  • Self-sustaining/fee-based programs (evening degree or extension programs)
  • Study abroad programs

APPLICATION:  All materials must be submitted electronically using the MyGradProgram (MGP) and must include the following:

  • Departmental Contact Information
  • Departmental Diversity Plan Narrative (3 page max)
  • Supplemental Information

IF AWARDEDIf a department is unable to use this award in the way in which it was intended, it is returned to GO-MAP to help those on an alternate list. The goal is to recruit underrepresented minority students who have achieved academic merit despite significant obstacles in their pursuit of higher education.

Recipients cannot hold concurrent UW employment, graduate service appointments, traineeships, or other comparable fellowships during the first year of this award. Departments are required to provide a match of comparable funding for the second year in the form of an RA, TA or fellowship. Matching support cannot come from other Graduate School funding resources, including the Office of Fellowships and Awards. Award recipients must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA eligible and entering their first year of graduate studies at the UW.

Filling out the Application

Departmental Diversity Plan Narrative

The Diversity Plan Narrative should address the 4 topics listed below (3 pages max in a double-spaced, 12 pt font Word document).  Please describe efforts promoting diversity and inclusion in your graduate program and highlight those implemented in the last two academic years.

  1. Outreach & Recruitment
    • How the department builds their underrepresented and minority applicant pool. If applicable, please describe:
      • Pipeline programs and efforts made by the department.
      • Departmental strategies in place to increase applications and yield, i.e. Statement of Purpose required as part of the application, implementing a holistic review process, implicit bias training for admissions committees, funding packages, etc.
      • Partnering with other units, community organizations, industry, etc.
      • If URM enrollment has increased, please include data from the last three years.
  2. Student Success
    • Programming in place for URM students within your department.  Also give examples of collaborations and partnerships outside of the department.
  3. Faculty Engagement
    • The roles faculty play in supporting URM students.  Please describe:
      • Mentoring, advising, instructional support, etc.
      • How the department encourages more faculty to take on these roles.
  4. Innovation
    • Current ideas under discussion in your department that may be implemented in the near future.
    • Implementation of curriculum changes that may possibly influence URM students.
    • One innovative strategy that was implemented in the last two years. Provide information on its outcome, the impact, and the successes and challenges it presented.

Supplemental Information

  • Does your department have a diversity committee? If so:
    • Describe the Diversity Committee’s role.
    • Provide the name and contact information of the Diversity Committee Chair(s).
    • Does the Diversity Committee Chair participate in the Graduate Departmental Diversity Committee meetings led by the Graduate School?
    • Has the Diversity Committee Chair reviewed your Diversity Plan Narrative?
  • If applicable, identify your department’s GOP award recipients over the past five years (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18).
    • Name of recipient(s)
    • Year of GOP award(s)
    • Students’ research advisor(s)
    • Students’ funding for past and future years and if they’ve graduated

Please contact GO-MAP with any questions: gomap@uw.edu/206.543.9016.