Commitment to Diversity

The future of the world's cultural heritage requires trained experts who can objectively study our artifacts of cultural heritage and effectively communicate with historians and technologists on how to best protect it. Our goal is to achieve a diversified Interdisciplinary student body and we actively encourage students from underrepresented minority groups to apply. More information on UCSD diversity programs and fellowships can be found at and

San Diego Fellowship Program

The University of California, San Diego offers a fellowship program as a means to increasing campus diversity. The program is motivated by the campus commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students.

The department nominates candidates for the fellowships. All nominated students must be recommended for admission by the nominating graduate program. All students selected as fellows shall receive two years of fellowship support from the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) and then two guaranteed years of comparable support by the graduate program. OGS support is for years one and two only. Funding may not be deferred. All continuing support is contingent upon the fellow remaining in good academic standing and meeting established departmental criteria for good academic progress toward the degree. All fellows shall have a faculty mentor appointed upon enrollment.

Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are recommended for admission to UCSD. Nominees considered for the San Diego Candidates for fellowship must complete a San Diego Fellowship form contained in the UCSD Application for Graduate Admissions, to be eligible.

Nominations of individuals who are from underrepresented groups are encouraged, although all qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. Fellowships will be awarded based on applicants' eligibility (having social, educational or economic backgrounds that would add to the diversity of UCSD's graduate programs or demonstrating a commitment to increasing educational access for underrepresented students) and merit (based on academic preparation and potential). Nominating programs must provide a convincing argument that the student's presence would enhance the diversity in the discipline, program or campus without regard to race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.

The following are examples of how a student could enhance diversity: