University of California Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI)

UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative

Dear colleagues,

In late September, University of California Provost Michael T. Brown announced the UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (HSI-DDI), see PDF attached.

By mobilizing the extensive number of federally designated public and private four-year HSIs in California, the initiative aims to transform the professoriate by enhancing pathways to graduate education and supporting graduate student preparation for the professoriate. To this end, the initiative is open to support all students who are currently attending a California HSI based on faculty/project criteria, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or gender identity.

As a HSI campus, UCI faculty and administrators have an opportunity to leverage this initiative as a vehicle to increase participation and success in graduate education, particularly among under-represented populations. UCI aims to increase graduate school applications from all eligible individuals, including underserved communities such as Latinx, African Americans, American Indians/Native Americans, Filipinx, and Pacific Islanders in all disciplines; women in STEM fields; and Asian Americans in humanities and the social sciences.

The HSI-DDI program goals are:

  1. To increase pathways to UC Ph.D. completion for students from California HSIs
  2. To expose, encourage and help prepare students for the professoriate
  3. To encourage research and enrichment collaborations among UC faculty and faculty at partner California HSIs
  4. To enhance academic program climate via practical interventions to foster an academic culture of inclusion and equity – especially for faculty and students from historically under-represented communities

To attain these goals, the HSI-DDI Initiative supports large and small PI-led projects: large (up to $350,000 to be used within five years) or small (up to $50,000 to be used within two years).  Successful proposals are expected to align with the program goals: four for large projects or at least two for small projects.

Below are key milestones for the call for HSI-DDI proposals:

Proposals due 12:00 p.m. PT, Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Proposal reviews February-April 2020
  • Awards announced in June 2020
  • Funds available July 2020

For more information and to apply, please visit the UC-HSI DDI webpage: or contact Graduate Studies at


Douglas M. Haynes
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusive Excellence |
Director, ADVANCE Program |
Professor of History |