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Application Fee Waiver Programs

Diversity Program Participation Waiver

The Diversity Program Participation Waiver is designed to expand participation of underrepresented students in graduate education, intending to pursue an academic and/or research career.

To be eligible for this application fee waiver, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be applying for admission to a Ph.D. Program
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree by the August preceding enrollment in the graduate program
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Belong to a traditionally underrepresented group in the chosen field of study
  • Have participated in one of the following programs:
    • Amgen Scholars Program
    • California State University Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Program
    • Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
    • GEM Fellowship Program
    • Howard Hughes
    • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
    • McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
    • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholars Program
    • Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS)
    • Morehouse College Hopps Scholars Program
    • National Name Exchange (NNE)
    • NIH-funded Postbaccalaureate Research Education Programs (PREPs)
    • NIH (MARC or RISE)
    • NIMH-COR
    • Northwestern University Causeway Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program
    • NSF (LSAMP or REU)
    • PhD Project
    • Project 1000
    • The Leadership Alliance
    • TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Programs
    • UIC Pathways to Success
    • UIC Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
    • University Maryland-Baltimore County Meyerhoff Program

In order to be considered for this waiver, please select ‚ÄúDiversity Program Participation Waiver” from the waiver drop down menu on the Fee Assessment page at the end of the UIC Graduate Application. Note that a letter drafted and signed by the appropriate Program Director would need to be obtained and uploaded into the application to verify participation.

If you have any questions regarding the Diversity Program Participation Waiver, please contact Lunaire Ford at