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Rackham Recruitment Grant

Rackham Graduate School announces the availability of funding to support the innovative efforts of faculty, students, and staff in Rackham graduate programs to recruit a highly qualified and diverse graduate student community.

Rackham is deeply committed to supporting programs in their efforts to establish successful recruitment strategies and plans. Recruiting graduate students is a dynamic process and it involves multiple phases, both prior to and after the admissions decision. Rackham developed the Circle of Recruitment: Toolkit of Promising Practices as a resource for programs to identify the multiple phases related to effective recruitment as well as examples of promising practices for each phase.

Purview of the Rackham Recruitment Grant

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Rackham Recruitment Grants are specifically designed to support the recruitment related activities. These include:

  • Prospecting - Efforts that help identify individuals who should be in your application pool.
  • Encouraging application completion - Efforts to maximize the number of prospective students identified in the prospecting stage to apply to your program.
  • Evaluation - Procedures and criteria used to select students with best “fit” with your program.
  • Post-Admissions Recruiting - Efforts to encourage admitted applicants to accept U-M admissions offer over those of competitors.
  • Pre-Enrolled - Efforts to support all incoming students as they begin to make physical and psychological transitions into graduate school.

For funding to support the remaining stages of the “Circle of Recruitment,” please see the Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant program.

Other Program Information

Programs may apply for one Rackham Recruitment Grant per year for up to $5,000 (Rackham Graduate School reserves the right to fund proposals in an amount smaller than $5,000). Grants cannot be used to pay faculty or staff salaries or benefits, or U-M tuition of fees.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are due on November 1, 2017 and should be e-mailed directly to rack-pipeline-gradschool@umich.edu. Please send the following materials in one PDF.

Narrative (no more than two pages)

  • Summary of the program’s overall recruitment goals
  • Detailed description of the proposed activities
  • Identification of which phase(s) the project/activities are focused on
  • Detailed description of how the activities will contribute to the department’s recruitment goals
  • Outcomes (what do the proposed recruitment activities aim to accomplish?)

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 $5,000)

Letter of support (one page)

From the department chair, director or dean with responsibility for the graduate program.

Award Notification

No later than December 1, 2017.