CFANS Diversity Scholars (Graduate & Postdoctoral Funding Opportunity)


CFANS is taking proactive steps to increase diversity within its graduate programs. The CFANS graduate programs have agreed to annually fund the CFANS Diversity Graduate and Professional Scholars (DGPS) program. This program will fund eleven, one-year scholarships for incoming underrepresented students of color that enroll in one of the twelve CFANS graduate programs. Support for Professional Development activities are included in the award. The goals of the program are to increase the number of underrepresented students of color applying to CFANS graduate programs, increase enrollment and retention rates of those graduate students, build a more diverse faculty, and obtain additional funding to expand the program. Contact information for specific departmental programs can be found at:

Graduate Student Candidates

For more information on the elgibility, outcomes, and guidelines of the graduate scholars fellowship see this attachment:

CFANS Graduate and Professional Diversity Scholars (.pdf)

Application due February 1st, 2017.

Postdoctoral Candidates

Diversity Scholars - Postdoctoral Fellows is an initiative to attract promising scholars of color with potential to pursue future faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and at other top research universities. Postdoctoral scholars are intended to closely align with CFANS’ areas of strength and strategic initiatives in fields where we anticipate future faculty growth. Scholars will work with CFANS faculty members on independent research and participate in activities related to professional development in academia such as teaching and learning, competitive grant writing, supervision of students and staff, and research program development. The purpose of the program is to nurture scholars’ intellectual development and professional growth, and position them for success in future tenure-track academic positions.

For more information on the postdoctoral scholars program see this attachment:

CFANS Postdoc Scholars of Color (.pdf)

Complete the online application for the postdoctoral scholars program by April 1st, 2017 here. 

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