The university offers initiatives and programs that are specifically tailored to graduate students from all backgrounds.

Application Fee Waiver for Underrepresented Domestic Students

If you are a U.S. applicant, with documentation from your program director, you are eligible to have the application fee waived if you participate in one of the following programs.

  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
  • McNair Scholars
  • Sally Casanova Scholars

For specific instructions on how to have your application fee waived, contact
Tara Schumacher, department coordinator of graduate recruitment.

Future Faculty Fellows Program

Established in 1987, the Future Faculty Fellows Program promotes and increases diversity among the American professoriate. Candidates are selected from newly admitted domestic graduate students. To be nominated by their department for an award, students must

  • be part of an underrepresented group, including ethnic minorities and women, in their field of study; and
  • demonstrate outstanding leadership or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing higher education or an academic career.


The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) is Temple’s initiative for promoting cross-cultural awareness and ensuring inclusivity in each of the university’s graduate programs within the student body and among faculty and staff. IDEAL continuously strives to create and foster meaningful engagement across identity groups in all of their various forms, promote understanding and provide opportunities for critical conversations necessary to maintain an inclusive environment.

IDEAL works with students, faculty and staff to maintain inclusivity and engagement through

  • advocacy,
  • dialogue in collaboration with internal and external partners,
  • professional development,
  • programming,
  • recruitment and
  • training.

The IDEAL office trains students to act as diversity peers who can be called on by faculty, students and staff to deliver presentations and workshops that affirm the benefits of diversity, equity and social justice to students, faculty or staff.