The Graduate Retaining Inspirational Scholars in Technology and Engineering (Grad RISE) fellowship program was created as a means to recruit and retain both minorities and nontraditional technology and engineering students. Grad RISE scholars are students who display persistence within their engineering or technology program, leadership, and service.

The Grad RISE Fellowship application review period is currently closed. All available Grad RISE Fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year have been awarded. Grad RISE application review for the 2022-23 award year period will reopen on March 1, 2022, and will conclude with a deadline of June 1, 2022. Eligible students are encouraged to apply to participate in Grad REACH. The next application window for participation in Grad REACH will be from March 1-June 1, 2022, and will be for the 2022-23 academic year.

Grad RISE Fellowship Eligibility Criteria:

Must be either an underrepresented minority OR a nontraditional student pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in any STEM major; Must be enrolled full-time; Must be in good academic standing.

Underrepresented minority includes: Black/African American,  Latinx, Hispanic, Indigenous/Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native/Pacific Islanders.

Grad RISE students will also be required to participate in the Grad REACH program, that includes monthly professional development workshops and peer mentoring meetings as identified by the Program Director. Failure to do so will result in Grad RISE fellowship monies being terminated. Continuing students must reapply for Grad RISE in spring of each year.

Please ensure that all of the above criteria are met. Also, please read and double-check the entire application prior to submission.

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If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Jacquelyn Strickland ( or Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson (