Diversity Scholarship

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICPSR Summer Program is extending its deadline for letters of recommendation to 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 6, 2020. All other scholarship application materials (cover letters, CVs, transcripts, personal statements) must be submitted by the March 31 deadline.

In order to apply for an ICPSR scholarship, you must fill out the application form and submit all required materials through our online application manager. Additionally, all scholarship applicants must register through our portal for the courses that they would like the scholarship to cover. You are not required to pay the registration fee in order to apply for a scholarship. You may apply for more than one ICPSR scholarship. The application deadline for all 2020 ICPSR scholarships is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

With support from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, ICPSR has created a scholarship to promote quantitative training among incoming and returning graduate students from underrepresented groups. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote interest in academic graduate programs among promising undergraduate students and to help incoming graduate students develop and enhance their quantitative skills in order to better prepare them for their subsequent course work and professional careers. The scholarship also enables currently enrolled graduate students to acquire additional preparation in quantitative analysis with the objective of improving their academic performance and optimizing their professional advancement.

The Diversity Scholarship is a waiver of Program Scholar (non-credit) registration fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions in the ICPSR Summer Program (held in Ann Arbor, Michigan). Recipients of the Diversity Scholarship will also receive a stipend to help cover travel, lodging, and living expenses.

The Diversity Scholarship is open to incoming students (students who have been accepted into graduate programs but who have not yet started their graduate work) and continuing graduate students (students already pursuing graduate work) from underrepresented groups in any discipline. Applicants must be enrolled in universities based in the United States. Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States;
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

All applicants must register for at least one four-week workshop, but are not required to pay the registration fee in order to apply for the scholarship. Note that workshop selections may be changed later, but that the ICPSR Scholarship Committee may use your course preference as a criterion in the selection process. The following application materials are required:

  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A cover letter indicating why you want to attend the ICPSR Summer Program, which four-week session(s) you want to attend, and possible classes that you want to take
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One letter should come from your graduate director or faculty advisor.