Diversity & Inclusion Graduate and Post-Doc Opportunities


Each semester, the CFANS Office for Diversity & Inclusion hosts workshops for graduate students that are intended to offer support as you navigate the challenges and triumphs of obtaining an advanced degree.


The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students and faculty in CFANS graduate programs and academic departments. To help achieve a more diverse and inclusive student and faculty community, CFANS offers several diversity and inclusion funding opportunities. 

CFANS Diversity Scholars Graduate Student Fellowship Program

Diversity Scholars graduate student fellowships are available to new, incoming CFANS graduate students who identify as African American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Chicano/Latinx/Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and/or multi-racial identities. The one-time fellowship award includes up to 14 tuition credits in both fall and spring semesters, a $21,000 stipend, and a 12-month health insurance benefit. In addition, each fellow receives $3,000 for professional development activities and the opportunity to participate in the Community of Scholars Program through the UMN Graduate School.

Nominations are made by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) from individual graduate programs. A student or their advisor can initiate a nomination by notifying the graduate program Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

CFANS Diversity Scholars graduate student fellowship information and application instructions. For more information on the CFANS Diversity Scholars Graduate Student Fellowship please contact cfansgradcc@umn.edu.

DOVE Fellowship Match

CFANS will support a second year of funding for all Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship graduate student recipients in CFANS programs. The matching fellowship includes a stipend along with tuition and health benefits. CFANS will support a second year of funding for any Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship recipients.

Learn more about the DOVE Fellowship offered by the UMN Graduate School.

MAELC Agricultural Education Diversity Scholarship

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) Diversity Scholarship provides financial support for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in the agriculture teacher field. 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.

Leadership in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (LEID) Fellowship

The LEID Fellowship rewards Ph.D. candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and/or social justice through scholarly activity and/or climate enhancing initiatives.

The award offers Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to finalize and write a thesis or dissertation during the fellowship year. Recipients will receive a stipend of $33,000 over 12 months (September-August), tuition for up to 14 credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

Graduate students will apply directly to the GSDO for consideration. Additional information about the application process can be found on the LEID Fellowship website. Please note that a nomination letter will not be required from the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). Currently funded students will need to submit a DGS Reallocation Statement that explains how the student’s current funding would be reallocated to support another student or diversity initiative. Preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates who currently lack sufficient funding as a consequence of COVID-19.