Graduate Research Scholar (GRS) Fellowships and Communities
Information on the administration of the GRS Fellowships and Communities.
Graduate Research Scholar Fellowships are intended to support the recruitment and retention of highly qualified underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs. Support for this fellowship program comes from the State of Wisconsin's Advanced Opportunity Program and the Graduate School, part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, through funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
The UW System sets the eligibility criteria for the Advanced Opportunity Program and provides funding to the UW-Madison Graduate School to distribute to UW-Madison Schools and Colleges via the Graduate Research Scholar (GRS) Communities. All graduate programs belong to one of eight GRS Communities in the following units: Business, CALS/SMPH/Vet Med/Pharmacy, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Letters and Science, Nelson Institute, and Nursing. Within each GRS Community, GRS Directors and Coordinators work with faculty representing academic programs to award the GRS funding and to create communities of scholars for the puposes of academic and professional development, mentoring, networking, and other community-building activities. GRS Communities have authority within their programs to set policies related to the fellowship award process and timeline, the stipend level, the fellowship terms, participation in community activities, and other responsibilities of fellows. Graduate programs and departments should consult with their GRS Community about all policies and procedures related to the GRS Fellowships.
GRS Eligibility Criteria
GRS Fellowships are competitive and merit-based. At a minimum, to be considered for GRS funding, students must be United States citizens or permanent residents and be admissible to a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Students on probation cannot receive GRS funding.) Beyond merit, preference is given to Wisconsin residents. In addition, the following criteria apply:
- McNair students: students who participated in a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program; OR
- Students from the following racial/ethnic groups: a) African American or Black; b) American Indian or Alaskan Native; c) Hispanic/Latino; d) Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong; e) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; OR
- Economically disadvantaged students: a) first-generation college students who participated in one of the following TRIO programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, or Student Support Services; b) first-generation college students who graduated from the PEOPLE Program; or c) UW-Madison bachelor's degree recipients who were in the FASTrack or BANNER programs.
GRS-eligible applicants to graduate programs are identified in GWIS with a green AOF flag. Applicants whose GWIS record does not contain the flag are eligible to be nominated for the fellowship if the academic program believes the student would find the GRS cohort-based experience valuable. Graduate programs wishing to nominate students to be considered for an GRS Fellowship should consult with their GRS Community regarding the timeline and process for nominations, offers, and awards.