Graduate Diversity Enrichment Program

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Not Open to Applications

Eligibility & Application Process:

Please see the Request for Proposals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine if I am eligible to submit an application; what is the first step?

An Eligibility Quiz has been created to assist you in determining whether or not you are eligible to apply for this award. Successful completion of the quiz will take you directly to the application. You will be notified upon the conclusion of the quiz if you are eligible to continue the application and apply for the grant.

Do I need to be nominated by my institution?

You must be nominated by an advisor at a degree-granting institution in North Carolina where you are enrolled full-time as a doctoral student.

Can I apply if I am in my first year as a doctoral student?

No. At a minimum, applicants should be within the last semester of their 2nd year as a doctoral student at the time of the application and should not be within any more than their 4th year of study.

Are permanent residents of the United States eligible to apply?

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada at the time of the application deadline.

What role does the advisor play in my application?

The advisor provides a nomination for the applicant and shares how the award would be instrumental for the applicant’s enrichment experiences. The advisor and applicant may be requested to participate in a diversity workshop.

Is the BWF application deadline firm?

Yes. An application can be started and remain active up to the date and time of the stated deadline.

Can I submit a paper application?

No. BWF requires that all applications for this program be submitted electronically by the application deadline. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Can I change my application once submitted?

No. Once your application has been submitted, it cannot be changed.

To whom should my advisor letter be addressed?

The letter from the advisor should be addressed to the GDEP Review and Selection Committee. The letter must be submitted by the mentor prior to the application deadline. Faxed letters will not be accepted.

Are there format requirements for the project plan?

Yes. Use standard 11- or 12- point type for the text. The text must be single-spaced with one-inch or larger margins on all sides. The font-size requirement is strictly enforced.

What is the Signature Page Form? How do I submit it?

The Signature Page Form provides signature lines for the applicant, the advisor, and the institution’s signing official at the degree-granting institution. An application is not considered complete without the Signature Page form. You must upload the completed Signature Page form with signatures by the application deadline date.

Award Timeline

May 15, 2021

RFP Announcement

Jul 19, 2021

Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2021

Notice of Award

Nov 01, 2021

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2023

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer


Samantha Moore

Program Assistant