Recruit Grants

The Graduate College has a grant program to increase efforts at the departmental, unit or interdisciplinary program level to recruit underrepresented graduate students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American in most fields, or men or women in some disciplines.)

Grant Amount

There are two levels of grant

  • Program-wide grants, up to $3,000 each.
  • Faculty-level grants, up to $1000 each.

Neither level of grant can be used for investigator salary, faculty incentive pay, or for student visits.

The program-wide grants are meant to be promote multi-pronged, systematic recruiting and relationship-building work. The faculty-level grants may be more appropriate for early efforts to recruit URM students.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Faculty from any ISU academic department and/or interdisciplinary programs.

Grant Purpose

  • To provide financial assistance to implement recruiting initiatives/projects at both the departmental/program and faculty level.
  • To build awareness and encourage discussion about underrepresented graduate student recruitment among departmental/unit faculty and in-house graduate students.
  • The program-wide grant can be used to create recruiting teams to recruit across departmental lines for interdisciplinary programs, such as NRTs, research centers, and interdisciplinary degree programs.

Grant Proposal Format

The proposal should be no more than two pages in length and should include the following:

  • Description of the project, e.g., faculty retreat, invited speaker, faculty seminar series, research partnership with minority serving institution, recruiting travel, etc.
  • Please indicate if it is a program-wide or faculty-level grant.
  • Expected outcomes of project and how the outcomes will be measured and evaluated. It is acknowledged that the ultimate goal of increasing number of underrepresented students with advanced degrees may not be visible for many years.
  • Description of how the project fits with current departmental or interdisciplinary program recruiting goals.
  • Number of faculty that the grant will impact.
  • Itemized budget
  • Contact person
  • Signature of the lead faculty member and Department Chair


  • Prior RECRUIT grant winners may apply for a new award, but preference will be given to new applicants.
  • Submit your proposal electronically to Craig Ogilvie, , on or before June 30, 2015..
  • A Graduate College subcommittee will review the proposals and select which projects will be funded.
  • The RECRUIT grant winners will be asked to join a small Faculty Learning Community to share best practices in recruiting.
  • Funds received must be spent by June 30, 2016.
  • A one-page summary of the initiative and its effectiveness must be submitted to the Graduate College by July 15, 2016.

Questions? Contact Craig Ogilvie at