Diversity Fellows Program

*Applications for the 2020-2021 Diversity Fellows position have now closed.* 

Diversity Fellow Job Description

The Access, Diversity and Inclusion team is currently seeking candidates to serve as Diversity Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year, beginning August 2020 through May 2021, with required meetings and planning spring 2020. Diversity Fellows work collectively to support an inclusive graduate school community and enhance the cultural, academic, and professional experience of historicaly underrepresented students (e.g., students of color, women in certain STEM fields, low income and first generation college students, and LGBT 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.

The Graduate School Diversity Fellow (DF) is a part-time, graduate student member of the Graduate School whose goal is to build an inclusive community amongst graduate students and act as a resource to current underrepresented graduate and prospective graduate students.  The DF reports directly to the Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion and works collaboratively with the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator and other members of the Diversity and Inclusion team.


Diversity Fellows receive a stipend of $5000/academic year. The stipend is in addition to any research, teaching and/or fellowship awards they may hold, and is subject to departmental, Graduate School, and University policies.

Job Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the DF is to build community through programming, event planning, and recruiting events. This can be accomplished through a variety of methods:

Community Building/ Event Planning/ Programming:

  • Organize, implement, and promote intellectual, cultural and social activities for graduate students and their families;
  • Participate in the programming efforts of the Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators, the Graduate School, affinity groups and University departments;
  • Create an inclusive and supporting environment;
  • Be familiar with University polices and resources; refer students to appropriate resources as necessary.


  • Attend a Diversity Fellows Orientation session and planning meetings with DFs and GS staff;
  • Evaluate activities and report to GS staff on success of programming efforts;
  • Manage a modest programming budget and submit required documentation to GS staff;
  • Assist with Graduate School events/activities (such as Orientation, Recruitment/Hosting Events, the new Grad Scholars Program and Fall Institute).


  • Participate in recruitment efforts (possible opportunities to travel with the ADI team as well);
  • Possibly attending at least one recruitment trip to be identified in collaboration with the Associate Dean.


  • Communicate regularly with graduate students, faculty and staff to gather program ideas and publicize events.
  • Actively use social media to promote, market, and archive DF event activities
Programming Expectations

Depending on the size and scale of the individual program, the Diversity Fellow is expected to implement 1-2 programs per month.  Programs can range from small events, such as coffee breaks or movie nights, to large events, such as bringing in diversity/inclusion related speakers or trips to New York City/Philadelphia. DF's are also expected to collaborate on 2 larger signature events per academic year.

Diversity Fellow programs may be offered in collaboration with the following University Partners:

  • The Writing Program
  •  The Pace Center
  • Carl A. Fields Center
  • The Women’s Center
  • The LGBT Center
  • The FSI/SIFP Program
  • Career Services
  • McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Grad Scholars Program (GSP)
  • Office of Religious Life
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Office of Disability Services
  • Community and Regional Affairs
  • Affinity Group/Student Orgs Support
  • GradFutures

Affinity groups to consider partnering on events with include:

  • Black Graduate Caucus (BGC)
  • Latino Graduate Student Association (LGSA)
  • Graduate Women of Color Caucus (GWCC)
  • Intersecting Queer Identities (IQI)
  • Graduate Women in Science & Engineering (GWISE)
  • Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC)
  • African Graduate Student Association
  • FLI Grads
Program Budget

The Diversity Fellow will work with the GS Staff to determine the appropriate budget per DF event.  For each calendar year, the Diversity Fellow must work within a budget of $1,000 per semester and will be expected to communicate (via email, phone, or in person) with the GS staff prior to finalizing programs in order to obtain proper approval. Each DF is issued a University Travel and Expense Credit Card for use on DF events.  At the end of each month DF's are asked to substantiate their T&E card transitions and/or submit out-of-pocket reimbursements in Concur.        

Time Commitment

The Diversity Fellow position requires approximately 20 hours/month (from August-May) for the 10 month commitment. Additionally, we will have 1-2 fall 2020 training/program planning lunches during the Spring 2019 term. Aside from programming responsibilities, additional commitments generally include regular bi-weekly team meetings, annual one-on-one evaluations with Dean Miller, and participation is broader ADI events such as Princeton Prospective PhD Preview. 

Job Requirements
  • Enrolled degree seeking graduate student; 
  • Good academic standing;
  • Live in the Princeton area (or very close proximity) unless a designated Philadelphia or NYC Fellow.
  • Is responsible, reliable and a team player;
  • A desire to be a part of and help enhance a diverse and inclusive Graduate School community;
  • A positive attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Note to students on temporary F-1 and J-1 student visas: please be aware of restrictions on payment for work or services.  For more information, please visit The Davis International Center.

Selection Information

Applications are due by Friday, February 14th, 2020. Based upon the completed application, students will be selected for a personal interview.


Contact Information


If you have any questions, please contact Dean Miller, Renitam@princeton.edu or Coordinator Sarah Mullins, smullins@princeton.edu.