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Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Research Assistantship

The GO-MAP GOP RA Award is a three-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. The purpose of the award is to assist departments in recruiting and developing a racially and ethnically diverse community of graduate scholars. It is an expectation that this state-funded award be used to recruit underrepresented minoritized graduate students to your department. 

2019–20 GOP RA Application

ANNOUNCEMENT: Emailed to GPCs and GPAs on Friday, November 30, 2018.

DEADLINE: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.

NOTIFICATIONS: Thursday, January 31, 2019

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

APPLICATIONAll materials must be submitted electronically using the Awards Portal in MyGrad Program (MGP) and must include the following:

  • Departmental contact information
  • Departmental Diversity Plan Narrative (no more than four pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, in a Word document)
  • Supplemental Information (no more than a single page, double-spaced, 12-point font, in a Word document)

IF AWARDEDIf a department is unable to use this award in the way it was intended, the department should notify GO-MAP as soon as possible. The award will then be used to help those on an alternate list. The goal is to recruit underrepresented minoritized graduate 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 R.A., T.A. 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 DACAmented, and entering their first year of graduate studies at the UW.

Filling out the Application

Departmental Diversity Plan Narrative

Please describe efforts from the last three academic years that promote and support racial and ethnic diversity in your graduate program. These plans will be measured on impact, innovation and sustainability. In no more than four double-spaced pages (in a Word document with 12-point font), please address the following four topics:

  1. Outreach & Recruitment
    • Provide specific examples of departmental efforts and outcomes in building your URM applicant pool. Examples, if applicable, could include the following:
      • Pipeline programs and efforts
      • Strategies in place to increase applications and yield, such as: a Statement of Purpose required as part of the application, implementing a holistic review process, implicit bias training for admissions committees, funding packages
      • Partnering with other units, community organizations, industry, etc.
    • Provide URM enrollment data. Has enrollment increased, decreased, or stayed the same? What has contributed to this?
  2. Student Success
    • Provide specific examples of departmental programming in place intentionally supporting URM graduate students in coursework, research opportunities, professionalization, social spaces and the like. Examples, if applicable, could include the following:
      • Curriculum reviews ( where scholars of color are represented)
      • Programming (talks, dinners)
      • Conference support (i.e. travel grants, connecting students to faculty outside of the department and/or university)
    • How is the department staying ahead of challenges that arise for URM graduate students?
  3. Faculty Engagement
    • Provide specific examples of the role faculty, especially tenure-track faculty, play in supporting URM graduate students. Examples, if applicable, could include the following:
      • Mentoring, advising, instructional support, creating networks
      • Trainings (Undocu Ally, implicit bias)
    • Does your department have a metric to evaluate your faculty’s role regarding diversity, equity and inclusion? How does your department center this work?
  4.  Innovation
    • Describe one innovative strategy implemented regarding race and equity. Provide information on its outcome, the impact, and the successes and challenges it presented.

Supplemental Information

In no more than one double-spaced page (in a Word document, using 12-point font), please address the following:

  1. Does your department have a diversity committee? If so:
    • Describe the Diversity Committee’s role and what they are currently focusing on
    • Provide the name and email of the Diversity Committee Chair(s)
    • Answer: Does the Diversity Committee Chair participate in the quarterly Graduate Departmental Diversity Committee meetings led by the Graduate School?
    • Answer: Have the Diversity Committee Chair and the Departmental Chair provided input to the Departmental Diversity Plan Narrative?
  2. What is the department’s process for identifying a graduate student for this award? How does the department identify a research project and faculty advisor?
  3. If applicable, identify your department’s GOP award recipients from the past five years (2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018-19).
    • Name of recipient(s)
    • Year of GOP award(s)
    • Current status and progress

Please contact GO-MAP with any questions at gomap@uw.edu or 206.543.9016.