Graduate Recruitment Assistance Fund
“Graduate education is an important part of a research university and graduate students make significant contributions to the research and teaching missions of the university; and key to the university’s impact on economic development. We will work to enhance and improve graduate education at the University of Arkansas by intensifying the recruitment and boosting support of graduate students as well as making sure that our programs are preparing graduate students for a variety of productive careers.”
- Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz, 2016
Strengthening graduate education is one of the guiding priorities for the University of Arkansas and an important component is the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified and diverse graduate student population. The Graduate School and International Education has established the Graduate Recruitment Assistance Fund (GRAF) to encourage, empower, and support University of Arkansas graduate programs with their recruitment efforts. Graduate programs may request cost-share funding to assist with recruitment initiatives.
GRAF funds are not intended to be used for purposes of attending conferences or other professional events where student recruitment is not the primary intent or focus. Funding may be considered for conferences that have a recruiting focus provided an adequate proposal is submitted demonstrating how attendance at the event will directly benefit graduate student recruitment for your program.
To be eligible for consideration, the department recruiter must attend or have attended a Best Practices in Graduate Recruitment session (offered monthly or by appointment) by the Office of Graduate and International Recruitment.
The Director of Graduate and International Recruitment, or his or her designee, will review the request and notify the program of the decision.