Recruit Grants

Fall at Iowa State
"Fall at Iowa State" by Kathleen Raymon

The Graduate College is starting a new 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

Up to $2,000 each. May not be used for investigator salary, faculty incentive pay, or for student visits.

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 the departmental/program level. This is likely to be seed money.
  • To build awareness and encourage discussion about underrepresented graduate student recruitment among departmental/unit faculty and in-house graduate students.
  • Where appropriate, faculty from multiple departments and colleges can create recruiting teams to recruit across departmental lines for interdisciplinary programs, such as IGERTs, research centers, and interdisciplinary degree programs. In this case, the requested grant amount can be increased. The increased amount needs to be justified in the proposal.

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.
  • 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


  • One proposal per department or unit may be submitted.
  • 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 September 30, 2013.
  • 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.
  • The winners of the RECRUIT grants will participate in a panel discussion on recruiting during the spring 2013 semester.
  • Funds received must be spent by June 30, 2014.
  • A one-page summary of the initiative and its effectiveness must be submitted to the Graduate College by July 15, 2014.

Questions? Contact Craig Ogilvie at
294-5590 or 294-2219