Graduate Student Diversity Research Grant Program

Deadline to apply: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.


Use the link below to download the complete package of materials: Proposal Requirements, Cover Sheet and letter of introduction from The Center for the Study of Diversity Director Professor James Jones.

Download Application Package: CSD Graduate Research Grant Program

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Diversity is an "integral and vital part of everyday life and a cornerstone value of our University" ("Guiding Principles," Path to Prominence) The mission of the Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD) is to promote academic research and scholarship that facilitates dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity. The Center brings a broadly interdisciplinary focus to its activities, projects, programs and publications on research and analysis, training, public scholarship and community projects and information dissemination. The goal of these activities is to: 1) generate and transmit scholarship about specific diversity-related issues; 2) fund faculty and graduate student research and projects related to diversity; 3) bring outstanding researchers and scholars of diversity to campus to share their expertise; 4) communicate the results of the Center’s research and scholarship; 5) apply scholarship of Center faculty to commun ity issues and 6) assist the President's Diversity Initiative and Diversity and Equity Commission in identifying diversity objectives and information needs for the University.

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD) Faculty Grant Program is to promote the implementation of broadly interdisciplinary scholarly activities that will benefit the university campus and/or the local community, and further the CSD mission.

To facilitate wider understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity, and to promote diversity within our community, the Center offers small grants to support research/analysis and public scholarship projects in a wide range of disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Up to $10,000 in small grants from $250 to $1,500 will be awarded to UD graduate students to support worthy projects in the following areas:

  • Public Scholarship – Scholarly based projects that extend beyond the walls of the University. (Examples might include Action Research with K-12 Teachers; collabortion with a local museum to develop an oral history exhibition; or development and implementation of strategies to foster physical activity in at-risk adolescent females).
  • Research/Data Analysis—original research, secondary data analysis, including dissertations.
  • Policy Analysis/ Research—Analysis of policy implications of diversity related documents/ published papers, public policies and institutional programs

Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Clarity and quality of proposal
  • Relevance to CSD mission
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Impact (e.g. number of people; sustainability; potential for funding)
  • Relevance to campus and surrounding community
  • Budget appropriate to complete the project
  • Support from department or other unit


Requirements for the application documents, including required sections of the proposal, are found in the downloadable application Package document.


To apply, please submit the following materials as one PDF file or Word document:

A. Coversheet (see p. 4 of the downloadable Application Package at the top of this page)
B. Proposal of no more than 1500 words, including a 500-word project description (see requirements in Application Package)
C. Budget
D. Letter of support from faculty advisor

Additionally, please submit the following as a separate file

E. Curriculum vitae

Deadline to apply: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of the success of their proposals on January 15, 2014. The grant funding will begin on February 15, 2014, and funds will need to be used within two years. Grant recipients will be expected to submit a progress report and provide an update at a Center for the Study of Diversity faculty meeting or brown bag session in the fall of 2014.

Please email the coversheet and materials to Bess Davis at