ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

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Grant amount: US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 6, 2020

Applicant type: College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Educational Testing Service and the Council of Graduate Schools are pleased to announce the Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admissions through Completion. This program recognizes promising efforts in initiating or scaling up innovations in graduate education that occur from admission through successful completion of a degree program. It is designed to link innovative admissions practices with other institutional practices including, but not limited to, mentoring, support programs, intellectual enrichment, and social support, that will improve student success once students are enrolled in their graduate programs. This award program is especially interested in encouraging innovations that promise to improve the success of a diverse and inclusive student population.

Institutions may propose projects that address all points in the student life cycle, from admission to completion, or focus on a particular stage or stages in a student’s progression to degree completion. The selection committee will evaluate proposals on the following criteria: the degree of innovation in the institution’s approach; the extent of institutional collaboration and commitment; the source of the institution’s match (limited to graduate unit versus including multiple units); the sustainability plan; the project’s potential for replicability; likely breadth of impact; and the likely efficacy of the proposed budget.

Purpose: To provide support in the form of a matching grant to one institution per academic year for the purpose of effecting institutional changes that result in enhancing student success though completion of programs at the master’s or doctoral level. The competition will consider either start-up efforts or efforts to expand or deepen existing initiatives to enhance or improve success.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All member institutions of CGS will be eligible to apply for this award.
  • Institutions that have won the award previously are eligible to apply again after a 10-year period.
  • The grant proposal must be submitted by the principal graduate representative of the institution and endorsed by the institution's chief academic officer or president.
    • The principal graduate representative at the institution must have oversight of the proposed initiatives.
  • Applications involving more than one institution are acceptable.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. All member institutions of CGS will be eligible to apply for this award.