Funding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

The Financial Support for Graduate Students page provides funding opportunities available to all students. Additional funding opportunities available for URM applicants and students, at UofL and outside UofL, are shown below.

Application Fee Waivers 

In some cases, applicants may be able to have their application fee waived.

  • Participants in UofL's Graduate Visitation Day program in the spring will have the $65 application fee waived. 
  • McNair Scholars can obtain an application fee waiver by submitting a completed McNair Scholars Fee Waiver form when applying. 
  • Application fee waivers are also granted to those receiving government public assistance through programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Care (AFDC), Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). Please contact (502) 852-6495 regarding your eligibility.

UofL Fellowships, Scholarships, and Supplements for URM Students

Diversity Scholarships and Assistantships

Students with strong evidence of scholarly ability from historically underrepresented ethnic/racial groups, including US citizens and permanent residents who are African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islander may be nominated by the Department for this University award. Students may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research or service work closely related to their scholarly activity.  Students are responsible for participation in UofL diversity activities. If the student continues to remain in good standing after the first two years, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will fund an assistantship (which could require teaching, research, or service to the university) for an additional two years. Applicants should indicate on their program application if they would like to be considered for this award.

A&S McSweeny Fellowships 

The College of Arts & Sciences McSweeny Fellowships supplement graduate education support and promote racial and ethnic diversity of the student population in the STEM areas (which includes Psychology). Programs may nominate students from historically underrepresented ethnic/racial groups, including US citizens and permanent residents who are African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. The maximum award is a full stipend, tuition and health insurance premium. Doctoral students may receive funding up to 2 years pending a positive review after the first year. An official review of the student’s progress in the program by the Department Chair is required. Additional support is possible with the A&S Dean’s approval. The criteria includes a strong evidence of scholarly ability reflected by a GPA of 3.0 or higher, letters of support of the nomination (Chair and nominating committee), and admission to the department graduate program. GREs are recommended but not required. Students must be engaged in full time academic program studies and maintain good academic standing. Students may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research or service work closely related to their scholarly activity. Students are encouraged to participate in UofL diversity activities. The deadline is mid-February each year. Department Chairs should forward application information to the AandS Research Office .

Presidential Diversity Fellows Supplements 

Incoming students from underrepresented groups (racial/ethnic/LGBTQ+/low SES/first-generation college student) who would add to the diversity of our program and would otherwise be financially supported by our department (e.g., with a Graduate Assistantship) may be nominated for a Presidential Diversity Fellowship award. Ten fellows are awarded annually and provide a supplemental stipend of $1000 to be used by the student for professional development purposes; the supplement will be awarded in two $500 installments (one in Fall semester, one in Spring), and may be used for books, research needs, conference travel, and so on. The stipend is renewed annually for up to a total of four years if the student remains in good standing and is making progress toward his or her degree. In addition to the supplemental stipend, students are required to participate in SIGS’ successful “Check-in-and Connect” professional development seminar series, which provides students with cohort support and mentoring. The Presidential Diversity Fellows program is sponsored by SIGS and the President’s office. Applicants should indicate on their program application if they would like to be considered for this award. 

External Fellowships & Scholarship for URM Students

URM students applying to or currently in our doctoral programs may be eligible for external funding opportunities, including:

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs - for applicants and current students in Clinical and Experimental Psychology (see eligible field list)

  • Types of awards: Predoctoral, Dissertation, Postdoctoral
  • How to apply: Students apply directly to the Ford Foundation
  • Deadline: December

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - for applicants and current students in Clinical and Experimental Psychology (program emphasizes STEM fields)

  • How to Apply: Students apply directly to Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Deadline: February

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Programs - for applicants and current students in Clinical and Experimental Psychology (UofL is a participating school for those coming from a participating state)

  • Types of awards: Doctoral Scholars Program, Dissertation Year Fellowships
  • How to apply: Students apply directly to SREB
  • Deadline: March