The University of Iowa

Graduate Diversity Scholarships and Fellowships

The Graduate Diversity Scholarships & Fellowships are presented to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups in their fields of graduate study. Students must have completed at least one full semester of graduate study at the University of Iowa to be eligible. This initiative continues to aid in building and sustaining an inclusive graduate community at the University of Iowa and is essential to enhancing the quality of the intellectual environment for all of our students and faculty. We strongly encourage you to seek graduate assistantships and to apply for other graduate fellowship mechanisms that come with more financial support and longer commitments of support.

Priority will be given to UI students with little or no previous funding from the Graduate College and a lack of available funding from the student’s department. As with all of our scholarships and fellowships, we consider academic performance and progress, student plans for how to maximize the fellowship/tuition support, and letters of recommendation. We are pleased to offer two different funding types. Both types of support can impact financial aid packages. Please consult the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Graduate Diversity Scholarships are intended for students who need tuition assistance only. These scholarships are best suited for students with employment she/he wishes to maintain, either inside or outside the university, which does not provide tuition support or scholarships.

Graduate Diversity Fellowships are intended for students who need a semester to focus full time on their studies. This option provides both tuition support and a stipend. For spring, the fellowship will provide up to 6 credits of tuition support at the CLAS rate for required coursework and a $10,000 stipend. These fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance his/her studies. For fellowships, the students are expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week beyond what is required for the course credits on research and/or projects. Failure to report additional employment can be considered in future applications/nominations/continued Graduate College funding for both the student and the department. For more information or to ask for a possible one-time exception to extra work hours, contact the Graduate College. Please direct any questions to: Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at

Applications for fall 2021 diversity scholarships and fellowships will be accepted from February 16, 2021 to March 2, 2021 at 5 p.m.

For more information about Graduate Diversity Scholarships, including about how to apply, please click here.

For more information about Graduate Diversity Fellowships, including about how to apply, please click here.