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GSEE Graduate Diversity Fellowships & GSEE Top-Off Awards

Nominations are open for the 2024–25 GSEE Graduate Diversity Fellowships and GSEE Top-Off Awards.      

These GSEE awards are intended to increase the number of University of Washington doctoral degrees granted to students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and the advancement of communities of color through their work, research, and/or scholarship. 

Two categories of awards are available: Fellowships and Top-Off Awards.  

  • Departments are to nominate one student total (not per category).  
  • If your department offers multiple-year funding packages for incoming doctoral students, please only apply for the Top-Off award.    
  • To enhance recruitment efforts, please only nominate students who have not yet accepted their offer of admission. 

Deadline extended to: Monday, March 11, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PT. No exceptions will be made. 

Student Eligibility 

  • Admitted and to be enrolled full-time in a state-funded doctoral program starting Autumn 2024 
  • Strong academic achievement in the face of social, economic, or educational disadvantages 
  • US citizen, DACAmented, or hold permanent resident status 

The following are ineligible: 

  • Professional degree programs (Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy) 
  • Students who hold a temporary or student visa (F-1 or J-1) 
  • Students admitted only for master’s study  
  • Foreign study, study abroad, or international program or exchange 

Award Descriptions 

GSEE Graduate Diversity Fellowship  

  • This is a three-quarter award (Autumn, Winter, Spring) with a total stipend of $24,000. This award includes coverage of tuition, fees, and GAIP benefits (excluding the U-PASS). 
  • Departments must provide a match of funding for at least three additional years. Funding should be commensurate with the level of TA/RA rates, including GAIP benefits. Matching funds for years 2+ cannot come from other Graduate School funding resources.  
  • Students awarded a GSEE Graduate Diversity Fellowship cannot be assigned formal TA/RA responsibilities in the first year of this award. 

Allocated awards include the Bank of America Fellowship, Endowed Fellowship for Native Americans in Humanities and Social Sciences, Presidential Fellowship, and the Ronald E. McNair Fellowship. If awarded, GSEE will determine the assigned fellowship.  

GSEE Top-Off Awards

  • This is a one-time award with a lump-sum of $5,000 in Autumn quarter of the first year of graduate studies. Top-off awards are designed to enhance, not replace, a department’s offer of full funding (commensurate with the level of TA/RA rates, including GAIP benefits). 

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made in the MyGrad awards management system.  

Please login to nominate a student and submit a letter of nomination from the Department Chair or GPC describing the following (no more than two pages, double-spaced): 

  1. How this award will enhance your department’s efforts in diversifying your graduate program 
  2. Why fellowship funding is important for recruiting this candidate 
  3. The student’s academic merit and their demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and the advancement of communities of color through their work, research, and/or scholarship 
  4. The department’s plan for three years of commensurate funding 


Please contact Fernando Puga, GSEE’s Fellowships & Awards Specialist at, the GSEE inbox at, or by phone at 206.543.9016.

Please note:

  • GSEE funding is allocated mostly based on departmental nominations. Please contact your department’s Graduate Program Advisor (GPA) for more information on the nomination process and for additional departmental funding opportunities.
  • Due to the state-based funding GSEE receives, students in fee-based programs are only eligible to be nominated for the GSEE Graduate Supplemental Awards. They can also individually apply for the Latinx Scholars Graduate School Fellowship if they meet eligibility requirements. To check if you were admitted or are enrolled in a fee-based program, please contact your department or review the Fee-Based Degree Programs List.
  • DACAmented students are eligible for GSEE funding opportunities. Undocumented students (without DACA status) are eligible for the GSEE Graduate Supplemental Award, GSEE Graduate Tuition Award, and Latinx Scholars Graduate School Fellowship. If you are DACAmented or undocumented and would like more information, please connect with GSEE (
  • International students and students enrolled in professional programs (School of Dentistry, School of Law, School of Medicine, and School of Pharmacy) are ineligible for most GSEE funding.

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