GADI Grants & Awards


Each year, GADI holds two opportunities to recognize and fund graduate student efforts - in the fall, our Graduate Voices in Diversity & Inclusion Grant, and in the spring, our Research & Service Awards. Read below to learn more!


Graduate Voices in Diversity & Inclusion (GVDI) Grant

2022 Deadline: Friday, November 18, 11:59pm ET

The GVDI Grant opens every fall for proposals from graduate students that advance the recruitment, retention, and leadership training of graduates in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. The GADI Review Committee awards one large $1,000 GVDI Grant, and three to five small $500 GVDI Grants to proposals and assists in the planning, advertising and execution of funded events and initiatives. To learn more about this year's proposal requirements and eligibility criteria, visit


Prior GVDI Grant Recipients/Initiatives


2021 Recipients

$1,000 Grant

Ray Rosas, Lauren Barnes, and Shannon McClellan Brook

Initiative Title: Graduate Community in Conversation: Negotiating the Norms of Academic Writing - A Series of Writing Workshops for Graduate Students from Historically Underrepresented Backgrounds 


$500 Grants

Jules Wong

Initiative Title: Roundtable on Challenging Transphobia in the Classroom



Marisa Lytle, Alicia Vallorani, and Sara Soto

Initiative Title: Diversifying the Graduate School Pipeline for Doctoral Programs in Psychology: The Next Gen Psych Scholars Program




Yolanda Mackey & Courtney Murray

Initiative Title: African American Diasporic Reading Group




GADI Research & Service Awards

2023 Deadline: TBA

Every spring, GADI recognizes four graduate students for exemplary and exceptional work in the realm of diversity & inclusion. Two graduates receive $250 awards each for research that pushes forward our knowledge about D&I and ability to make meaningful change for others, and another two graduates receive $250 awards each for their service to underrepresented and marginalized communities and systems. Self-nominations are welcome in addition to the nominations of others. Check back in January 2023 for more information detailing this year's call for nominations.


Prior GADI Research & Service Award Recipients


2022 Recipients


2021 Recipients


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