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Sponsorship and Funding

The Division of Diversity and Engagement provides several funding opportunities for UTK faculty and staff. Competitive funding is rooted and awarded in data driven potential to support the volunteer spirit, encourage discovery, and create impact. The deadline for Challenge Grant, Mini Grant, and Sponsorship proposals is September 15, 2022 at 12:00 noon.

Please note that all awarded funds must be spent before the fiscal year-end which is June 30, 2023. For more information contact Dr. Javiette Samuel, Associate Vice Chancellor at

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Challenge Grants

Challenge grants are available for faculty-led teaching or research projects that focus on a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics. Projects must demonstrate relevance, research, reciprocity, and resilience. Individual and team projects are accepted. Up to $3,000 may be requested. (Application period for 2022-2023 funding has closed.)


Funding is provided for individuals and teams that support a variety of projects that address UT’s land grant mission of teaching, research, and service/public engagement. Up to $2,000 can be requested. (Application period for 2022-2023 funding has closed.)


Proposals up to $1,000 are considered for projects and activities that focus on public engagement and outreach. Individuals and teams can apply. (Application period for 2022-2023 funding has closed.)

Dr. Marva Rudolph Scholarship

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Established in 2014, the Marva Rudolph Fund honors the life and legacy of Marva Rudolph, a long-term employee and champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Rudolph was passionate about students and creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments. The fund was created to assist students in their personal development as it relates to diversity and inclusion and to support their initiatives to build a more accessible, equitable and welcoming campus community. View the 2021 Marva Rudolph Scholarship Recipients.

Dr. Marva Rudolph Diversity and Inclusion Unit Excellence Award

This award will recognize an office, program, or department that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and made consistent contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion at UT.

Campus / Local Address(Required)

Your statement should describe the work being done by the unit to advance diversity and inclusion. This work should demonstrate outstanding leadership that is collaborative, sustainable, and linked to the unit’s mission. The narrative should also include how the unit is measuring and evaluating the initiative(s) and how you will know the effort(s) is having some success. Typical submission length is two typewritten pages.
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