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Creating Inclusive Cohorts Training Program

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What is the CIC Training Program?

The Creating Inclusive Cohorts (CIC) Training Program assists graduate programs in their efforts to increase and sustain the diversity of students receiving graduate degrees. The Creating Inclusive Cohorts Training Program, previously named the Graduate School Pilot Recruitment Initiative, provides each selected graduate program with multiple recruiting fellowships for students from under-represented communities in one year, as well as assistance to the program in recruitment. Similar to a training grant, the program is expected to develop specific support and training to the recruited cohort of students in order to enhance student retention and graduation. 

Students to be recruited under this initiative will be offered a Graduate School Creating Inclusive Cohorts Training Program Fellowship. Each program will be able to offer a Graduate School Fellowship to 6 admitted students, with the expectation that a minimum of 3 students will be successfully recruited to the program as a cohort.

Each fellowship includes one year of support: a stipend of $25,000, academic year tuition at the general graduate rate for up to 14 credits per semester, subsidized health insurance, and dental care for the academic year and the summer following their first year in the graduate program. Fellows are responsible for all other fees or charges and tuition beyond 14 credits (general tuition rate).

Who is eligible?

Graduate programs that anticipate being able to admit a minimum of 6 eligible students may apply for support from the Creating Inclusive Cohorts Training Program. Similar to the DOVE Fellowships, the Creating Inclusive Cohorts Training Program seeks to recruit academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences.

Students receiving a Creating Inclusive Cohorts Training Program fellowship must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents entering a research-based graduate program at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the academic year. Students who have already earned a terminal degree are not eligible (such as M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D. etc.). Nominated students must have applied for admission, and be admissible under the graduate program’s standards.

How do I apply?

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