Underrepresented Minority Graduate Student Recruitment Funding

Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Key Contacts

If you have questions, please contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.


Underrepresented Minority (URM) Teaching Assistants.

Policy Purpose and Description  

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sets aside some funds to support the recruitment of underrepresented minorities for positions as teaching assistants (TAs). Once a new underrepresented TA has been successfully recruited, CLAS will authorize expenditures by the recruiting department of up to $2,500 for the first new HTE appointment and $1,000 for each additional new HTE appointment recruited that year. The funds set aside for this initiative are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis each year. The funds may be requested to provide a competitive stipend to the underrepresented minority TA, to support conference or research travel of underrepresented minority TAs, or to cover expenditures for the recruitment of future underrepresented minority students. If awarded, the funds will be allocated to the department's TA grant program number (5-2575000) using the organizational account 600 in the MFK.


Underrepresented Minorities: US citizens and permanent residents who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, women in science and mathematics (including computer science), or disabled as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.


The DEO or DGS writes to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education with a specific request for these funds.  

When the recruiting unit is different from the hiring unit, the two units may agree on a division of the funds and apply to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education for authorization. Otherwise, only the recruiting unit will be authorized to spend the funds.



Frequently Asked Questions  


Related Information

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended

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