Graduate Student Opportunities


Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) 

New fellowship opportunity for incoming CFANS graduate students of color! Funding for this new Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (GOF) comes from a commitment by the Graduate and Research Policy and Review Committee (GRPRC) to annually dedicate $300,000 of existing graduate program funds, combined with an additional annual collegiate investment of $200,000.  Up to 11 GOFs will be offered each year, beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. Nominations for the initial round of GOFs need to be submitted by each CFANS graduate program by February 1, 2016.  Additional information about the GOF program and nomination instructions can be found in the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship document

DOVE Fellowship

CFANS will support a second year of funding for any Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship recipients.  

Office for Diversity in Graduate Education

Graduate student organizations

Diversity Fellowship For Graduate Students in the Agricultural Education Teacher Licensure Program

A severe shortage of high school agriculture teachers exists in Minnesota and nationally. As a result, there is a tremendous need for more students to become licensed to teach agricultural education. In addition, the trend of a more diverse student population attending Minnesota’s schools reinforces the need to recruit and support prospective agricultural education teachers with diverse ethnic, racial, economic and educational backgrounds and experiences. MAELC is committed to diversifying the agriculture teacher workforce.

For more details on the MAELC program look here: PDF iconMAELC_Diversity_Fellowship_information.pdf

Apply here.

"CFANS Achieve" Mentoring Program

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) "CFANS Achieve" mentoring program is a structured mentoring program for undergraduate students of color in CFANS to gain knowledge, skills, abilities, networks and connections to resources that will be essential to their academic, personal, and professional success. This mentoring program aims to also provide a sense of community for students of color within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the University of Minnesota. Mentors will provide additional academic, psychological and emotional support, goal-setting and career support, and serve as a role model to their mentee. Interested juniors and seniors would be paired with a current CFANS graduate student. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete the form below.

Mentor Interest Form

Funding Opportunities:

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: For more information, you can contact Joseph Ballard II, Coordinator for Retention and Recruitment 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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