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Community of Scholars Program


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COSP serves Native American graduate students & domestic graduate students of color.

What is the Community of Scholars Program?

Based in the Graduate School Diversity Office, the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) works towards creating an institutional environment that supports the academic and professional success of Native American graduate students and domestic graduate students of color who are underrepresented in academia. COSP assists students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) to:

  • more fully participate in the University
  • develop supportive relationships with advisors and mentors
  • build a sense of community through academic seminars and professional development workshops
  • connect students to the Twin Cities and broader UMN system through teaching, research and community engagement opportunities

What the Community of Scholars Program Offers

COSP keeps updated directories of internal and external funding opportunities. See these directories for potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants to apply for.

COSP Scholars may apply for a COSP Travel Grant of up to $1,000 to aid in Research Travel or Conference Travel when invited to present at major conferences in their field of study.

Eligibility criteria for a COSP Travel Grant can be viewed here.

Contact Cori Bazemore-James at to request the application for a COSP Travel Grant.

We offer several workshops throughout the academic year that focus on academic and professional development topics:

  • grant writing
  • dissertation writing
  • publishing
  • job search processes
  • networking
  • effective academic and professional interviewing

COSP holds lunch forums focusing on topics related to experiences of graduate students of color:

  • conversations with faculty of color on diversity in higher education
  • conducting research with communities of color
  • acclimating to a predominantly White environment
  • cross-cultural communication

COSP provides graduate students with opportunities to serve as mentors and tutors at Twin Cities schools and youth-serving organizations. Through group and individual activities, COSP scholars encourage youth to finish high school and to attend college. COSP scholars have served many organizations:

COSP provides writing support for all COSP students through individual consultations, small writing groups, faculty-led workshops, and Shut Up and Write! Retreats and Research Share, a COSP scholar speaker series. 

Students can request mentors from within or outside the University, community leaders or individuals from industry to guide and support their career choices.  Individual consultation on academic, professional, and personal matters is also available by appointment with the COSP Director.


COSP has a dedicated lounge for students who are in need of a quiet place to study or an event/meeting space. There are comfortable couches and chairs, as well a kitchenette. 

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COSP students who are ABD can apply to teach at the University of Minnesota Morris, Duluth, and Rochester Campuses, and Augustana. Fellows teach one course and are mentored by senior faculty, participate in department and campus activities, and meet regularly with the COSP Director to discuss dissertation progress and overall professional development.

Developed by the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO), this directory serves to inform new and current students, staff, and faculty about resources and services within the Twin Cities area. You can view the directory by major category or the primary community served. The descriptions and contact information provided are from the original organization's website.

To build community, COSP hosts social gatherings throughout the year for students and their families. Events include the annual Bowling and Pizza Night, Winter Gathering and Spring Celebration

Many institutions are frequently seeking COSP Scholars as ideal applicants to their faculty openings.  Click here to see position openings from those institutions.

Questions? Contact Us!

Director of Retention & Success