Nominations are closed for the 24-25 cycle.

Enrichment fellows

Details and Eligibility

Award Details

Awardees receive:

  • Full-tuition (renewable, up to 4 semesters, if eligible).
  • Participate of a cohort model and at least two meetings with Graduate Studies representative.
  • Up to $200 stipend to attend one conference or professional opportunity (for covering registration fees and basic expenses).

Awardees must/will:

  • Have the opportunity to be coached for and participate/compete in the Three Minute Thesis (yearly competition).
  • Participate in graduate writing workshops and receive participation stipend, if available.


To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time graduate student in an on-campus, UNI degree program. Recently admitted students are eligible. 
  • Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 admits will also be eligible for the award. This is one-time exception.
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Meet at least one of the criteria below:
    • Previous participation in a TRIO Program;
    • or Self-identification as an underrepresented in their academic discipline/field.

Nominations are closed for the 24-25 cycle.

Application and Nomination Process

1.- This application is only open to first year students who are applying for admission.

  • Confirm your eligibility and express your interest (form has been paused as we're no longer accepting nominees).
  • Submit the interest form to your academic program, you will need to: 
    • Briefly explain, how you meet the eligibility criteria for the fellowship?
    • Explain, what are your strengths?
    • Upload your resume or CV.

2.- Each Graduate Program Coordinator submits a letter of nomination to the Division of Graduate Studies through email at and copy the student. Each program cannot exceed more than 2 nominations per academic year). Nomination Letter must include (not to exceed 2 typed pages):

  • (a) Nominee’s strength and academic promise.
  • (b) Nominee’s ability to contribute to the academic field and/or the UNI campus community.
  • (c) Explanation of how the program/department plans to guide the nominee to successfully complete the degree (e.g. number of meetings with a mentor/grad coordinator; departmental actions to create a welcoming environment, culture, and any other relevant initiative).

3.- A committee formed by the Graduate Studies will review nominations. The committee will make award recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies who will make the final award decisions.

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