CGS/ETS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) jointly sponsor this annual award recognizing promising efforts in initiating or enhancing innovations in graduate education that occur from admission through successful completion of a degree program. The award is designed to link innovative admissions practices with other institutional practices, including, but not limited to, mentoring, support programs, intellectual enrichment, and social support, that will improve student success once students are enrolled in their graduate programs.

This award program is especially interested in encouraging innovations that promise to improve the success of a diverse and inclusive student population.


To provide support in the form of a matching grant to one institution per academic year for the purpose of effecting institutional changes that result in enhancing student success through completion of programs at the master's or doctoral level. The competition will consider either start-up efforts or efforts to expand or deepen existing initiatives to enhance or improve success.

Eligibility Requirements

All member institutions of CGS will be eligible to apply for this award. Institutions that have won the award previously are eligible to apply again after a 10-year period.

The grant proposal must be submitted by the principal graduate representative of the institution and endorsed by the institution's chief academic officer or president. The principal graduate representative at the institution must have oversight of the proposed initiatives. Applications involving more than one institution are acceptable.

Award Value

Each award shall be for $20,000 over a two-year period, an amount to be matched by $10,000 from the selected institution. The contribution may be in-kind, but must be specified in the application.

Award Recipients

GRE ETS/CGS Award Recipients
YearAcademic InstitutionWinning Submission
2016 Cornell University Innovative Inclusion Interventions (I3): Promoting Graduate Student Success through Advancements in the Climate of Graduate Education
2015 UCLA Smart Recommendations: Digital Guidance & Support throughout a UCLA Graduate Student's Academic Career
2014 Duke University Duke OPTIONS: Online Professional Development Tool for Individual OpportuNitieS
2013 Florida International University Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion
2012 University of Illinois at Chicago Promoting Success in STEM Graduate Education Scholars Program (PASSAGE Scholars Program)
2011 Eastern Illinois University The Integrative Graduate Studies In Statute
2010 Michigan State University The Whole Student Experience: Admissions to Student Success
2009 University of California, Davis Mentoring at Critical Transitions: Faculty Readiness from Admission to Completion

See the current year award description for information on the 2016 CGS/ETS Award.

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