UW Graduate School

GSEE Graduate Excellence Award

The GSEE Graduate Excellence Award (GEA) is a three-quarter merit-based research assistantship that will be awarded to individual departments based on departmental equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts. This award aims to assist departments in recruiting, developing, and supporting a diverse community of graduate scholars across graduate programs at the University of Washington with emphasis on promoting rich, culturally responsive educational opportunities.  

This award is not open for student applications. If you are a student and have questions about this award, please reach out to your department.


  • It is an expectation that this state-funded award is used to recruit underrepresented graduate students to University of Washington master’s and doctoral programs.  
  • Departments must provide a match of comparable funding for the second year of graduate studies. The matching funds cannot come from other Graduate School funding resources.  
  • In total, this award will offer at minimum two years/six quarters of guaranteed funding to incoming underrepresented graduate students.   


Seattle campus departments with state-based master’s and/or doctoral programs are eligible to apply. 

The following are ineligible: 

  • Professional degree programs (Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy) 
  • Self-sustaining/fee-based programs (evening degree or extension programs) 
  • Study abroad programs 
  • Students who hold a temporary or student visa (F-1 or J-1)  


All materials must be submitted electronically using the MyGrad Program (MGP). No exceptions will be made. If all application materials are not submitted via MGP, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. 

Please ensure the person submitting the application has the correct MGP access at least a week before the deadline

Statement from the department* (max 2 pages, double-spaced, Times 12 pt font)

  • Describe three practices currently used to impact diversity, equity, and inclusion in your graduate program(s). Include if, and how, efforts are measured and assessed. 
  • Describe if, and how, faculty are encouraged, supported, and/or measured in mentoring underrepresented graduate students. 

Statement from the School/College Dean or the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) 

  • Describe the investment of resources and efforts that have been allocated and implemented in the last three academic years to support underrepresented graduate scholars within your school/college. 

* At the end of the statement, please include contact information (department, name, title, email, and phone number) of the person(s) completing the application. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday January 8th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 

Please email gomap@uw.edu or call 206.543.9016 with any questions.