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Graduate Recruiting Funding

Graduate Studies would like to encourage graduate programs to bring prospects to campus where they can meet with faculty, see the campus, attend a class, and speak to current UNM students. Graduate Studies will award up to $800/prospect for a recruiting visit.  The funds are for the prospect's travel only (no group meals, no charges incurred by current students, faculty or staff). We encourage coordinating with similar departments such that a cohort of prospects can visit the campus together. For best consideration, graduate departments should make requests by February 15, but we realize that departments differ in their graduate application deadlines.  For those departments that have application deadlines after February 15, submission of “good faith” funding request estimates are acceptable for the recruitment funding applications to meet the February 15 “best consideration” date. The estimated requests can be adjusted when the department obtains the actual information on the number of students they wish to bring to campus. Priority will be given to departments that can demonstrate prior outreach efforts; indicate the department cost-share investment for outreach and proposed recruitment; and explain how the targeted student(s) will diversify the graduate cohort. Departments must submit the requests for the entire department. Requests from disciplines, area concentrations, etc. will not be accepted. Please submit your requests to Margaret Gonzales at

Supplemental Recruitment Awards 

Graduate Studies has limited supplemental awards to recruit outstanding graduate students that are under-represented for admittance to graduate programs in UNM departments. The supplemental awards will be up to $5000 per year for two years. Competitive prospective students should be identified early in the admissions window so that the supplemental fund requests can be extended earlier rather than later in the admissions process. Nominations must include an explanation of the potential for the student to succeed in the graduate program and indicate the department cost-share in the recruitment offer. The prospective student must enroll as full time (6 credit hours and an assistantship or 9 credit hours), must be on another assistantship through the department, and must remain in good standing in her/his department while making progress towards a degree. Applications are to be submitted by the Department Chair to Margaret Gonzales by March 15. Priority will be given to out-of-state recruitment efforts and then preference will be for UNM students whose field and study is significant for the region as supported by a robust UNM research program.

Reporting requirements for both prospect recruitment funding and graduate recruitment grants. Funds should be expended by the end of Spring 2020 semester. By September 1 2020, a brief report should be sent to Margaret Gonzales ( assessing the effectiveness of the funded recruiting activity, including an update of the application, acceptance, and enrollment data for the target program(s).

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Gonzales at