The Rackham Graduate School announces the availability of funding opportunities—the Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant and the Student Ally for Diversity Grant—to support diversity in graduate education. The grant programs provide funding for diversity innovations in graduate programs, to include: activities that improve climate, retention and completion, academic and professional development, career progress and success for Rackham and non-Rackham graduate students, and alumni engagement.
Proposals for Rackham Faculty Allies and Student Ally Diversity Grants are due on February 15, 2018.
Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant (RFADG) Program
The diversity initiatives of the Rackham Graduate School complement the activities of faculty to strengthen the diversity in graduate programs and departments. This grant opportunity is designed to support Rackham Faculty Allies, as well as faculty in non-Rackham programs, with an interest in building diversity initiatives within their own departments, with their students and colleagues.
The proposal must describe a set of activities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the areas most relevant to the graduate program (e.g., transition into graduate school, academic and professional development, climate, completion, alumni engagement, etc.). This funding can be particularly useful to those seeking seed money to pursue new, innovative ideas. Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grants should focus on support opportunities and climate issues for current graduate students.
At least one Principal Investigator (or primary proposal author) must be a faculty member who has been designated as a Faculty Ally for Diversity for the Rackham graduate program. Non-Rackham graduate programs are invited and encouraged to submit proposals as well. If a proposal from a non-Rackham program receives funding, the program will have to designate a Faculty Ally and inform Rackham of the designee.
Purview of the Faculty Allies Diversity Grant
Recruitment efforts (for example, prospecting, application submission, evaluation, recruitment, pre-enrollment) are not the purview of the Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant. You can apply for support for your recruitment efforts through the Rackham Recruitment Grant program.
Programs may apply for one Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant per year up to $12,000 (Rackham Graduate School reserves the right to fund proposals in a lesser amount than $12,000). Grants cannot be used to pay faculty or staff salaries and benefits, or U-M tuition or fees.
For approved proposals, Rackham Graduate School will disburse grant awards at the conclusion of the project/activities. To receive funds, grantees must submit a report on grant activities (outlining how the grant made a difference for students) including an accounting of expenditures. Rackham Graduate School will disburse funds on actual money spent to the project/grant designated by the grantee. Funds must be claimed for activities taking place within the proposed grant time frame (for example, May 2018 to July 2019).
Cost-Sharing, Rackham Programs
Rackham programs can apply for funds annually, without cost-sharing, for the first two years. Year two renewal is often likely. We encourage grant seekers to try new, innovative programming in this initial period. In years three and four, proposals should present cost-sharing (2:1, Rackham: Unit). The fourth year will be the final year for a renewal of a proposal.
Cost-Sharing, Non-Rackham Programs
Non-Rackham programs can apply for funds annually, with one-to-one cost-sharing. The fourth year will be the final year for a renewal of a proposal.
RFADG Proposal Evaluation Criteria
- The fit between the graduate program’s DEI needs and the proposed innovation or initiatives
- The likelihood that the proposed innovations will make a significant, lasting difference to students in the graduate program
- The fit between the proposed innovation and the unit’s academic and research directions
- Demonstrated commitment of the faculty, program, and department leadership to the proposal, including willingness to share costs and to create structures to support the proposed initiatives beyond the period of the grant
- Number of students impacted
Student Ally for Diversity Grant (SADG) Program
Programs awarded a Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant for 2018-2019 can apply for an additional grant, Student Ally for Diversity Grant (SADG), of up to $5,000 to support graduate students partnering with the program’s Faculty Ally on implementing their RFADG. If Faculty Allies would like to be considered for this additional, optional award, they should submit the SADG proposal as part of their RFADG proposal submission.
Together, the Faculty Ally and Student Ally will provide intellectual, social, and programmatic support so that graduate students from all groups—including those that have been historically underrepresented in higher education—feel welcome and thrive in their studies at the University of Michigan. Together, the Faculty Ally and Student Ally will implement their Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant plan, advancing a set of activities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with a focus on support opportunities and climate issues for current graduate students.
Grants up to $5000 will be awarded to support one student during the 2018 spring and/or summer term at 25% or two students during the spring and/or summer term at 12.5%. Grantees must submit a report of the Student Ally’s contributions at the end of the student’s work period.
SADG Proposal Evaluation Criteria
- The fit between the graduate program’s DEI needs and the proposed activities to be carried out by the student
- The likelihood that the student can meet select goals, as outlined in the Faculty Allies Diversity Grant application, in the prescribed hours-per-week time limit
- The Student Ally should have a commitment to diversity issues and agree to serve as part of the program’s Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education
Proposals are due on February 15, 2018, and must be submitted through the online application. The following required documents must be uploaded as a part of the application:
Narrative (no more than five pages)
- Summary of the current status of DEI issues within the degree program, including strengths and weaknesses
- Detailing of proposed activities, and how the activities will address the particular circumstances (climate, academic/professional development, retention, etc.) of the program in order to strengthen DEI
- Evidence of faculty and program commitment to the goals of the proposal
- Provisions for administrative support of the proposed activities
- For renewals: If this is a renewal, please indicate so in the proposal. A renewal constitutes a proposal in which up to $9,000 of the proposed budget includes activities that have been funded since the 2017-2018 grant program.
Budget (one page)
- Breakdown of activities and costs
- Commitments of financial support from other sources (cost-sharing), if applicable
- Total budget amount and how much is being requested from Rackham (maximum $12,000 for Rackham programs and maximum $6,000 for non-Rackham programs)
Letter of support (one page)
From the department chair, director, or dean with responsibility for the graduate program
SADG Proposal (two pages, if submitting)
The proposal (no more than one page) should explain what part of the RFADG program the student will work on, and what the weekly time commitment will be. The Faculty Ally may identify at least one graduate student (and no more than two) from their program to work over the 2018 spring and/or summer term. As a second page, a letter of support signed by the student’s advisor and/or graduate program director should be provided.
If you would like to become a Faculty Ally or have questions about the grant program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: December 15, 2017 - 10:47am