Diversity Programs

The Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service

Each year the Center selects five graduate students to participate in the Colin Powell Program for a one-year period. Graduate students are encouraged to explore ways in which their developing academic expertise can be used to address urgent public problems in underserved communities. Fellows take part in weekly seminars that meet regularly throughout the year. They also take part in special events and have opportunities to hear from distinguished public figures.


This year-long seminar is designed as a series of workshops and discussions to help students connect their particular area of expertise to an issue of strong public concern, either in the realm of policy analysis or advocacy.  Over the course of the year, graduate fellows focus, together, on the four following objectives:

  • Defining their area of expertise in relation to the public policy concerns in their academic field;
  • Identifying problems and opportunities for action in an area of interest to them;
  • Understanding how problems are framed and defined, and how arguments for action are constructed;
  • Developing their own position piece that advocates a position on a current and pressing issue of public policy or practice.


Graduate Fellowship in Forensic Computing and Cyber Security <pdf>

John Jay College invites applications for its Graduate Fellowship Program in Forensic Computing and

Cyber Security. The fellowship is part of a collaborative effort between John Jay and NYU-Poly to

educate the next generation of cyber security researchers who need to understand the complex interplay between computer security and forensics, economics, public policy and law. The program is sponsored by a NSF IGERT award obtained in collaboration with NYU-Poly's computer science department. The fellowship will be awarded to a computer science graduate who plans to pursue doctoral studies in computer security.

The fellowship award is for full-time study by a citizen or permanent resident and will provide tuition support and an annual stipend of as much as $30,000 for up to four semesters. The fellow will join John Jay's graduate program in digital forensics and cyber security. Our program offers  a Master of Science in Forensic Computing that integrates computer science with criminal justice, information assurance and digital forensics. While pursuing an M.S. degree, the trainee will do thesis research as a research assistant with faculty at John Jay College and NYU-Poly. Several of our graduates have entered doctoral programs and the fellowship offers M.S. students the unique opportunity to become active in research early in their graduate careers. Female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


National Urban Fellows at Baruch College –MPA Program

National Urban Fellows, Inc. (NUF) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for leadership positions in government and nonprofit organizations. The MPA is attained in 14-months. Students complete 24 credits on-campus during two intensive summer sessions. In the fall and spring semesters, fellows complete an additional 21 credits online while working full-time in a nine-month mentorship assignment with a public official or nonprofit administrator. Mentorship placements are arranged by NUF and may be in any location in the nation or Puerto Rico.  Each fellow receives a monthly stipend, health insurance, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, and partial payment of Baruch College tuition.  Admission is competitive and made directly to NUF.


Pipeline Program at the Graduate Center

The CUNY Pipeline Program provides educational and financial support to minority undergraduates interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in preparation for college-level teaching and advanced research.

Along with a stipend of $3,250, the CUNY Pipeline Program provides a summer research institute at The Graduate Center which includes a 4-credit research seminar, workshops on applying to graduate school, and workshops in preparation for taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Fellows report on their research projects at the annual CUNY Pipeline Conference and submit a written thesis at the end of the year. Pipeline fellows who enter a CUNY doctoral program receive a tuition waiver for their first year of doctoral study, which brings the total financial package to $7,600.

Eligibility requirements: (1) Ethnic minority students (African American, Asian American, Latino/a, or Native American); (2) U.S. citizens or permanent residents; (3) Juniors enrolled in one of CUNY senior colleges who have earned at least 80 credits by the spring of the junior year; (5) Minimum GPA of 3.2; (6) An interest in college teaching and research. For more information and the application, go to Pipeline.


Pipeline Program at the Law School

The Pipeline to Justice prepares underrepresented students to enter CUNY School of Law and supports them throughout their law school career. The program offers a second chance at admission to CUNY Law to excellent, public interest-focused students whose LSAT scores seem incompatible with their achievements. This novel program, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, was launched in 2006 and demonstrates CUNY School of Law's commitment to provide access to legal education to those from communities underrepresented in the legal profession.