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Regents' Winrock Minority Doctoral Fellowship

Program Description

The Regents’ Winrock Fellowship (RWF) program aims to promote the recruitment of highly competitive doctoral students of exceptional academic merit who will also contribute to the diversity of the student body in their programs of study. The RWF program particularly hopes to promote the recruitment of outstanding scholars and researchers who are Black/African American, American Indian, and Hispanic/Latino(a) American.  All nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; international students are not eligible for the RWF. 

Each fellowship provides full funding—including a stipend of $20,000.00 per academic year, plus tuition (up to 12 hours of resident, 9 hours of non-resident tuition), and health care insurance—for the first two years of doctoral study. To maximize the impact and to keep the program sustainable, the RWF fellowships are not renewable beyond the two-year award period. The award cycle begins in fall semester and runs continuously for four semesters (not counting summer).

Pursuant to the availability of funding, Graduate Studies will award four two-year Regents’ Winrock Fellowships on the following basis:

  • Odd-numbered academic years (e.g. 2017-2018, 2019-2020): one fellowship in the STEM fields, including Health Sciences; one in the Arts/Humanities;

  • Even-numbered academic years (e.g. 2016-2017, 2018-2019): one fellowship in the STEM fields, including Health Sciences; one in the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, etc.)/Education.

Selection Process

The college deans will make nominations to Graduate Studies by March 5 each year. College deans should encourage departments or graduate units within their college to submit one nominee for college level review no later than February 15 to give adequate time for review.

Nominations forwarded from College/ School should include:

     - Nomination Letter from College/ School.
     - Nomination Letter from Department/ Program.
     - CV
     - Transcripts
     - Statement from student.

Terms and Conditions (RWF Fellowship)


Each RWF fellowship provides full funding, including a stipend of $20,000.00 per academic year, plus tuition, and health care insurance for the first two years of doctoral study. The RWMD Fellowships are not renewable beyond the two-year award period. The award cycle begins in fall semester and runs continuously for four semesters (not counting summer). The award cannot be extended beyond the two-year (four consecutive semester) window; if for any reason a recipient takes a leave of absence or skips a semester, he or she will lose that portion of the fellowship in order to keep the funding cycle whole.


  • Recipient must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Recipient must be continuously enrolled as a full-time graduate student for the term of the award. Fellowship recipients who defer or postpone their enrollment will forfeit the fellowship, which will be awarded to another nominee.
  • Recipients who take a leave of absence during the award period  will result in forfeiture of the award. You must meet the academic requirements of your department, college and the university and remain in good academic standing during the term of the award.
  • Recipient must observe the UNM student code of conduct.
  • Recipient must not hold an assistantship for the term of the award.
  • Recipient must fulfill each semester the responsibilities stipulated below.

Responsibilities of the Recipient

  • Recipient must meet with his or her faculty mentor at least once a month; and take responsibility to ensure that these meetings are scheduled.
  • In the final semester of the award, the recipient must give a presentation based on his or her research as part of a graduate research conference or symposium.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Unit

  • The graduate unit will appoint or otherwise coordinate the selection of a faculty mentor for the RWMD fellow. RWMD fellows may change their mentors with approval of the graduate unit chair or director.
  • The graduate unit agrees to award an assistantship of at least .25 FTE when the fellowship period ends, for an additional 2 years, in an effort to allow the student to complete his or her doctoral program so long as she or he remains in good academic standing.


So long as the recipient remains in good academic standing and observes the student code of conduct the RWMD fellowship will renew automatically for four consecutive semesters (excluding summer).


The fellowship may be terminated at any time if the conditions of the award as described here are not met. The University of New Mexico reserves the right to terminate a fellowship immediately and without prior notice if, in the judgment of the Department Chair or Awarding Department and concurrence of the appropriate college dean, such action is warranted.

Tax Implications

Awardees are responsible for understanding the federal and state income tax implications of receiving a fellowship. The University of New Mexico has no tax withholding or reporting requirements related to the stipend portion of the fellowship. Because tax liability varies based upon each student’s financial situation, students should contact a tax advisor or the IRS with any questions about taxation of the fellowship.