Commitment to Diversity

At the University Graduate School, we value talent, merit, and achievement. We support efforts that cultivate the potential and abilities of individuals with diverse backgrounds and are committed to opportunities that broaden their participation as graduate and professional students. At IU Bloomington, you'll find a culture of inclusivity. 

Inclusiveness of students from communities underrepresented in higher education, particularly racial and ethnic communities, creates a better academic environment for all students and is a goal we are committed to reaching. The University Graduate School at Indiana University is dedicated to collaborating with university entities to create a campus climate that accommodates all members of the graduate community. In promoting Diversity and Inclusion, the University Graduate School partners with graduate academic departments to achieve these goals. At Indiana University, we want all graduate students to feel respected and free to participate in graduate education and achieve their highest potential.

Thank you for your interest in Indiana University. We are convinced that you will be very satisfied with the services that we offer. The information on this site will help you make an informed choice about joining us at Indiana University for your graduate career.

  • President's Diversity Initiative

    The President’s Diversity Initiative program was established in 2014 to attract outstanding underrepresented students to pursue a PhD degree at Indiana University. The program offers a multi-year funding package, professional development and mentoring support to outstanding scholars in all fields. In joining the IU academic community these scholars, through their research, teaching and service, will enhance scholarship through the numerous benefits that diversity confers.

    The President's Diversity Initiatives for Graduate Students

  • Graduate Mentoring Center

    Through the combination of the generous funding of the President's Diversity Initiatives and the support and sponsorship of The University Graduate School, the Graduate Mentoring Center became a reality in 2014. Their mission is simple: To provide graduate students mentorship through various programs and events that support their successful degree completion and entry into the professoriate and/or other professions.

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Recruitment Fellowships

To help carry out our commitment to maintain a diverse graduate and professional student body, the University Graduate School at IU Bloomington offers several recruitment fellowships specifically to underrepresented students.

  • Adam W. Herbert Ph.D. and Masters Fellowships

    The fellowship will be awarded each year to graduates of historically black colleges and universities. Students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and demonstrate strong academic excellence, high potential for success, and a commitment to graduate study in the sciences. It is anticipated that up to five multi-year fellowships for doctoral students and three two-year fellowships for master’s students will be supported each year.

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  • Educational Opportunity Fellowship

    The Educational Opportunity Fellowship (EOF) is designed to enable promising students who are first-generation college graduates or graduates with acute financial need.

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  • President's Diversity Fellowship

    The President’s Diversity Fellowship program was established in 2014 to attract outstanding underrepresented students to pursue a PhD degree at Indiana University. The program offers a multi-year funding package, professional development and mentoring support to outstanding scholars in all fields. In joining the IU academic community these scholars, through their research, teaching and service, will enhance scholarship through the numerous benefits that diversity confers.

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  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars Graduate Fellowship

    The McNair Graduate Fellowship is for outstanding McNair Scholars entering Ph.D. or MFA programs at IU Bloomington. The McNair Graduate Fellowship is intended to increase the number of underrepresented students who are first-generation college students or low-income or minority students completing a Ph.D. degree.

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If you’ve been offered a recruitment fellowship, you may be eligible for a recruitment visit. Learn more »

Student Life

Many of IU’s 750 student-run organizations focus on diversity and the many cultural backgrounds of IU students. If you’re interested in being a part of a group that celebrates your background and heritage, there are many student organizations available to you. The Division of Student Affairs maintains a full list of student groups on its website.

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Indiana University also offers many resources specifically to build a culture of support for underrepresented students. An expert is available to help you work through whatever challenge you’re facing.

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