Grants & Fellowships

University of Minnesota

Charles R. Krusell Fellowship in Community Development—This fellowship is designed to prepare students of color in the University of Minnesota's Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Public Policy programs to be Minnesota's next leaders and change makers in community development.  Krussell Fellows receive full tuition support and graduate research assistantships. 

Community Assistantship Program—This program provides applied research assistance to community-based groups outside the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The research and technical needs of community organizations are matched with the support of students.  CAP projects typically place students in a community defined and directed part-time research assistantship for one semester or over the summer.  Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations, and local governments in Greater Minnesota (plus outer suburbs in the Twin Cities) and projects that would serve the entire state.

Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Institute Graduate and Professional Student Grant Program—This program is to support student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning and engagement in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health.

Josie R. Johnson UROC Engaged Dissertation Fellows—This program supports graduate students as they develop into scholars that partner with communities while conducting research that addresses community priorities.  This one-year cohort program meets monthly to assist students in developing their skills and perspectives for community-engaged research. 

Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program—This program builds partnerships between community-based organizations and suburban government agencies and local colleges and universities.  The research and technical needs of organizations are matched with student research assistants to carry out community-defined and guided projects.  The Nelson Program provides approximately 200 hours of student time to work on a project in the spring and fall semesters, or 260 hours during the summer.  The program is made up of a consortium of ten metro-area colleges and universities.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships—The Institute on the Environment (IonE) hosts Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships for graduate students whose dissertation work spans disciplinary boundaries. These fellowships are sponsored by the University of Minnesota Graduate School

Mary T. Fellowship for Community Development—This program offers graduate students an opportunity to participate in a community development internship in education and human development fields. 

Minnesota Justice Foundation Summer Clerkship Program—Facilitated by the Minnesota Justice Foundation, this program funds paid clerkships for students interested in public interest law. 

Murray and Pearl Rosenberg Memorial Award—Sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences, this award assists students who conduct research or provide humanitarian service in socially or economically depressed parts of the world or the United States.  Deadline April.

Program in Health Disparities Research Travel Trainee Awards—The Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) supports meritorious health disparities-related projects and research conducted by University of Minnesota students.  Travel scholarships for students to attend regional or national health disparities-related conferences are competitively awarded twice per year. 

Robina Public Interest Scholars Program and Scholarship—The U of M Law School offers this program to create a seamless path from admission to full-time employment for students interested in pursuing public interest careers.  The program offers specialized counseling, summer internships in public interest projects, year-long post graduate fellowships, and loan repayment assistance. 



Engagement Scholarship Consortium Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop—This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussions, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship.

Imagining America JGS Fellows—Scholarship for students who actively serve their local communities through programs in photography or media arts. The goal of the JGS Fellows Program is to elevate photography and digital media as a pathway for students to pursue their careers and make a different in their communities. 

Imagining America Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows—Imagining America supports graduate students to participate in the Imagining America national conference.  PAGE Fellows attend a day-long PAGE Summit that includes seminar-style discussion and analysis of public scholarship literature; in-depth dialogue and activities for building the language and practical skills of engaged scholarship; and small group exchanges for sharing and receiving feedback about their research and creative practice.  Fellows also participate in conference sessions and meet with senior scholars and veteran practitioners for individual mentorship.

International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Graduate Student Scholarship—The International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) offers up to ten $500 scholarships to support graduate student participation at the annual IARSLCE conference.