Diversity Fellows Program

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Access, Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Student Diversity Fellow

Each year, the Access, Diversity and Inclusion Team seeks qualified candidates to serve as Diversity Fellows for the academic year, from August through May (DFs will have the option to continue the fellowship during the summer months- June & July). Diversity Fellows work together to support an inclusive graduate school community and enhance the cultural, academic, and professional experience of underrepresented students (e.g., students of color, women in certain STEM fields, low income/first-generation students, and LGBTQIA+ students). Participation as a Diversity Fellow is an outstanding way to meet new people, develop leadership and administrative skills, gain useful experience for your resume or C.V., explore specific academic, professional and social interests, and contribute to the graduate experience.

- Applications for the 2024 - 2025 academic year are now open until June 28th. Click here to apply today!

About the Program

The ADI Diversity Fellowship Program (DF) at Princeton University is designed to equip graduate students with the necessary tools to develop into culturally competent professionals. The primary goal is to learn how to foster an inclusive community among graduate students and serve as a resource for both current and prospective students. The fellowship promotes collaborative efforts with the Office of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion, focusing on creating a supportive environment through structured mentorship and developmental opportunities.

Fellowship Description

Diversity Fellows assist the Office of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion in strategizing and implementing programs and initiatives that address the broad needs of graduate students in social, academic, health, well-being, and professional development areas. Approximately one-third of the fellowship is dedicated to each of the following: mentorship and training, programmatic support, and leadership development. This structured approach ensures that fellows not only contribute to the university but also grow as leaders and advocates for diversity.

Program Outcomes

The program aims to: 

  • Enhance collaboration and networking with various university constituencies, including faculty, alumni, and prospective graduate students. 
  • Develop strategic programming that aligns with the broader goals of ADI programming, with a focus on assessment and methodology. 
  • Engage actively in recruitment and outreach efforts. 


  • Develop and execute two (2) ADI events per semester, the first in partnership with an ADI campus partner and the second with another ADI Diversity Fellow. These events must be planned at the beginning of the fellowship term. 
  • Submit detailed event proposals that outline objectives and measurable outcomes for each planned activity. 

Requirements for Event Planning: 

For events, Fellows must submit an event proposal which will detail the event's objective and the measurable outcome.   

Example of event proposals: 

Fall Semester Event: 
  • Objective: Organize a speaker engagement focused on career advancement strategies specifically tailored for international graduate students within the ADI community. 
  • Measurable Outcomes: Achieve a minimum attendance of 50% of the target subsegment, collect feedback through post-event surveys to assess satisfaction and perceived relevance, and increase awareness of career resources available for international students by 30%. 
Spring Semester Event: 
  • Objective: Conduct a cultural trip that aims to enhance social integration and cultural understanding among underrepresented minority students. 
  • Measurable Outcomes: Facilitate engagement of at least 60% of the targeted subsegment, enhance participants' cultural awareness as measured by a 25% improvement in pre- and post-event survey responses, and foster at least three new collaborations or projects among participants as a direct outcome of networking during the event. 
  • Evaluate the impact of each event, completing Program Evaluation forms to gather insights and improve future activities. 
  • Maintain active communication with the graduate community through various channels, including social media, to ensure wide participation and engagement in program events. 

Program Review:  

  • Before the Christmas break the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team will review the fellow's performance and contribution to the program. This review will assess the fellows' engagement and effectiveness in fulfilling their responsibilities. There is a possibility that the fellowship may be revoked based on this review, emphasizing the importance of commitment and active participation in all program facets. 


Diversity Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,000 for a 10-month appointment, in addition to any other research, teaching, or fellowship awards, in compliance with Graduate School & University policies. 


  • Attending all regular bi-weekly team meetings with the ADI staff, occurring the 1st (in-person) and 3rd (virtually) week of each month. 
  • Participate in ADI's Signature Events. 


  • Must be a currently enrolled graduate student at Princeton University who has completed their general examinations and is within three years of service. 
  • Must be in good academic standing. 
  • Must reside in or near Princeton to fulfill on-site responsibilities. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. 
  • Strong organizational, leadership, and communication skills. 
  • A positive attitude and a willingness to collaborate. 

*Note to students on temporary F-1 and J-1 student visas, please visit The Davis International Center. (link is external)

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should submit a completed DF application by June 28th, 2024. Applications are to be submitted through the Graduate Diversity Office via the program’s webpage. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the Diversity Fellows program, please contact Assistant Deans for Access, Diversity and Inclusion Abreeotta J. Williams-Jones (Natural Sciences & Engineering) at [email protected] or Joseph Butler (Humanities & Social Sciences) at [email protected].  



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Chris Tokita, EEB

"Being a Diversity Fellow has given me a more immediate sense of purpose and satisfaction than other aspects of graduate school--like research and publishing--that take much longer to make a difference. Having the privilege to help build community among graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds makes me feel like my contribution during my PhD isn't just academic. I feel like my time at Princeton is more balanced and worthwhile, and I know that regardless of what happens with my dissertation, I will be able to look back on my time here with satisfaction. Ultimately, this satisfaction I gain from working the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team makes it easier for me to glide along the ups-and-downs of PhD research."