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Graduate SEED Awards

What is a Graduate SEED Award? 

The Graduate and Professional Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards honor graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota whose research and scholarly interests are focused on issues of equity, diversity, and/or social justice, and who demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation, and potential for scholarly and/or professional excellence in their discipline or field. In addition, SEED Award recipients will demonstrate experience with or commitment to serving or working with under-served, underrepresented or marginalized populations.

Up to two graduate and one professional SEED Awards with a value of $2,000 each will be awarded in 2019. The SEED Award recipients will be presented and honored at the 2019 University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

Who Is Eligible? 

  • U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents whose background and/or identities are underrepresented at the University of Minnesota
  • Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs at the University of Minnesota
  • Students who will not have completed all degree requirements before December 2019

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Further Information

If you have any questions related to this award, contact the Graduate School Diversity Office

How Do I Apply? 

For a detailed explanation of the electronic application form, please review the instructions below.

  1. Create a Program Login to access the application form.
  2. Complete the electronic application form.
  3. Complete the required fields and upload your narrative statement, 500-word abstract, and current CV. Select either SAVE/UPDATE or SUBMIT.
    • SAVE/UPDATE - You will remain in the form and may continue editing.
    • SUBMIT - You will exit the form. A confirmation email will be sent to the you and the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO).
      • Both options will save the application, overwriting any previously saved/submitted information, and enable GSDO staff to access the information.
      • Both options will allow you to continue editing the application until the deadline.
      • The review committee will ONLY view submitted information after the application deadline.
      • Confirm Receipt of the Submission: log in and select SUBMIT at the bottom of the form. An email will be sent to you and GSDO.

  • A narrative statement discussing how your academic and personal experiences at the University of Minnesota have contributed to your thinking about issues of equity, diversity, and social justice. Give examples of your experiences or involvement with equity, diversity, and or social justice.
  • A 500-word abstract of your current scholarly, research, thesis or capstone experience.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter, preferably from your adviser or a member of your examining committee, to support your academic involvement with issues directly or tangentially related to equity, diversity, and/or social justice.
    • One letter, from a colleague or former student, who can attest to your manifestation of a commitment to diversity, equity, and/or social justice.

Your letters may be sent directly by your recommenders as an email attachment to the GSDO by 11:59 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Please review the instructions on the Letter of Recommendation Form.

Graduate students who have demonstrated impressive achievement and leadership in at least one of the following areas:

  • Academic performance and engagement with the chosen field of study

    • The field of study need not be in the area of equity, diversity, ethnic studies, GLBT studies, etc., but the research or scholarly interests must focus on issues related to diversity and equity.

  • Community outreach and activism

    • Students should demonstrate an exceptional commitment to and engagement with a particular issue of social justice, community, and/or community organization. Such community activism can take place on or off any of the University of Minnesota's campuses. In addition, all SEED Award recipients will demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community.