Provost's Professional Diversity Fellowship 2019-2020

The Provost’s Professional Diversity Fellowship is intended to assist professional degree programs in promoting a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that historically have been underrepresented in their disciplines.


U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents entering a professional-focused degree program at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the 2019-2020 academic year may be nominated by their program director. Recipients must be admitted to a professional education degree program as a degree-seeking student for fall semester 2019. Each program may nominate one student. For the purpose of this fellowship, a program is defined as a program plan or major (not sub-plan or track).

Fellowship Amount and Terms

The Provost’s Professional Diversity Fellowship is a one-year fellowship with an approximate value of $47,000. The award includes a stipend of $25,000, academic-year tuition at the general postbaccalaureate rate (up to but not exceeding), subsidized health insurance, and dental care for the academic year and for summer 2020. The stipend is distributed in bi-weekly payments throughout the academic year in alignment with the University payroll schedule. The general postbaccalaureate rate is equal to that of the standard rate for Graduate School students and is the same rate used by many but not all professional degree programs. The tuition rate for 2019-2020 is estimated at $17,576, pending approval in spring by the Board of Regents. Fellows are responsible for all other fees (approximately $1,100 per year) or charges and tuition beyond the general rate.

Recipients may not hold concurrently a second fellowship, scholarship, grant, assistantship, or similar award that duplicates the benefits of the fellowship. Recipients will be expected to be enrolled full time each semester while maintaining a minimum 3.50 GPA. The fellowship is a non-service award. Programs are expected to supplement the student’s subsequent years of study with support normally provided to their best students.

Nomination Process and Notification

To nominate a student, professional programs should send the documents listed below to by Thursday, February 7, 2019. Programs directors will be notified early spring and asked to notify their nominee.

  1. Provost’s Professional Diversity Fellowship nomination form
  2. Nomination letter from the program director.  Letter should address the (1) nominee’s preparation, suitability, and high academic potential for success in the program, (2) how the nominee’s background, experiences and achievements will enhance the program and department environment as well as contribute to the University’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity, and (3) other financial support that the program will provide to the nominee (beyond the one-year Provost’s Professional Diversity Fellowship). 
  3. Nominee's narrative statement on career objectives (Nominations may use nominee’s statement from the admission application or request one from the nominee.)
  4. Nominee's narrative statement on how their background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity. (Nominations may use nominee’s statement from the admission application or request one from the nominee.)

Please direct questions to Elizabeth Duykers (612-626-1027,

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