Eugene Cota-Robles & GOFP Application Instructions

Diversity Fellowships.  The University of California is committed to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity.

To be considered for a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (for doctoral study) or Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (for terminal master’s/JD study), applicants must submit a Diversity Statement by answering one or more of the questions below, in no more than 300 words. The Statement should articulate applicant’s potential contributions to diversity as broadly described in the 500.13 Guidelines for the Graduate Admissions Process & Codification of Policies Governing Admission.

  • Ways in which your life experiences and educational background inform your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education.  How will your research, creative efforts, or scholarly discourse in your graduate program, contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?
  • Your drive and motivation to persist and overcome barriers in higher education that may have disproportionately disadvantaged you. If appropriate, include evidence of your success in these efforts.
  • Your active engagement (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs focused on increasing the representation of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.