My university won the CGS/Peterson’s Award. Can we apply for the ETS Award?

Yes. This is a different award.


We want to do a proposal for broadening participation in the graduate program in one department. Is that acceptable?



Is the letter of endorsement included in the total number of pages in the application?

Yes. The total package cannot exceed six pages.


Who from the university signs the endorsement letter?

The chief academic officer or the president of the institution. The application must be submitted by the principal graduate representative (i.e., the graduate dean, vice president for research, etc.).


To whom do I mail the application?

The package is submitted electronically as a PDF to Anna Naranjo.


Can the $10,000 match be in-kind?

Yes, but the in-kind match must be described in the application.


Can the budget include overhead?

No, indirect costs are not included.


Can our proposal be directed toward one specific underrepresented population?

Yes. Proposals that encourage innovation to improve the success of a diverse and inclusive student population are of special interest. For example: the graduate school has identified a need to direct efforts toward the recruitment, admission and completion of a URP and proposes methods to create a positive impact.


How many awards are given each year?

Only one award for $20,000 is presented each year. Two institutions will receive an Honorable mention designation and will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon at the CGS Annual Meeting and included on the award page on the CGS website.


If my institution is not selected as the winner, can I receive feedback on what we could do to improve our application for the next year?

Yes, by contacting the chair of the committee.


Does the winning institution submit a report on the results of their proposal?

Yes. The report should be submitted in a form that can be included in the Occasional Paper Series on the CGS website or an article in GradEdge. Alternatively the winner may be asked to participate in a program at the Summer Workshop and provide a PowerPoint for the CGS website.


Can the grant be used to pay a graduate student’s fellowship/assistantship?

While the awards committee will make the decision in selecting the winner, we would suggest that you seek programmatic solutions to improving success in graduate education.