National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) Award

The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) is an annual conference that builds a community of inclusion; it is also a place for building skills, alliance, and knowledge about issues of race and ethnicity in Higher Education.  

NCORE constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.

For more information about NCORE, please visit the main website at

  1. Graduate student enrolled full time in a degree seeking program at the time of submission in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Only open to students returning to UVA in the Fall of 2021.
  2. If you are selected to attend you will need to commit to sharing your experiences on a blog post and/or facilitating an activity related to the NCORE Conference at UVA in the Fall of 2021.
  3.  Individuals belonging to one or more of the following classes:
  • Must be an underrepresented minority, URM, in their particular discipline. The term URM includes- African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Hispanic Americans, or Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians. 
  • Person with disabilities. Under ADA, an individual is considered to have a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his or her major life activities and has a record of such impairment and can provide documentation.
  • A gender minority (<35% of the current graduate population in the department).
  • A first-generation college student (a student whose legal custodian(s) did not complete a four-year college degree).
Application Materials

Please submit in an online application to the following website,

  1. A cover sheet with the following information- Applicant’s Name, Email, Program/Department, School, Degree Program, Number of Years at UVA, name of Reference Writer
  2. Two -page CV or Resume.
  3. A 1000-word essay describing your career goals, how the event you plan to attend will impact and/or aligns with your career goals, and how it relates to your degree program and professional development.
  4. Please have one UVA faculty or staff member from your department submit a letter of support to [email protected]  by the application deadline.

*Please note that this application is for UVA students only, and attendance is sponsored by UVA’s Office of the Provost.  The UVA application process is separate and apart from the NCORE-run student scholarship program.


The application deadline for the NCORE Award is December 1, 2020.

Conference Logistics
  • Registration, travel, and accommodations fully covered by the Office of the Provost.
  • Meals will be reimbursed at the per diem rate of $76
  • Students are responsible for all other travel-related expenses.
  • Gender neutral restrooms will be on-site at the conference
  • Students will be placed in shared, gender-inclusive, room assignments.
Prior Recipients

2019 NCORE Award Recipient

Chrisitan P.L. West
Doctoral Student, Higher Education 
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education and Human Development