Emerging Scholars Initiative

We offer twenty Dean's Emerging Scholars Research Awards per year to currently registered PhD students. These one-time, $2,000 awards can be used to help cover conference and/or research-related expenses and will be administered by departments and programs. 

Application information is sent to all current PhD students each fall, typically in September. Applications for the Dean's Emerging Scholars Research Award must be submitted no later than the specified date in October. Late applications will not be accepted.


To be considered for the Dean’s Emerging Scholars Research Award, the Dean’s Emerging Scholars Fellowship, or the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Fellowship, you must exhibit outstanding academic promise and achievement and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • you come from an economically disadvantaged background, are a first-generation college graduate, or have otherwise faced significant obstacles in your pursuit of higher education;
  • you plan to pursue research related to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and ability;
  • you have previously been or are currently involved in initiatives aimed at creating a diverse and inclusive environment, including activities aimed at enhancing access to education.