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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.

COSP offers several workshops and panels throughout the academic year that focus on academic, professional, and personal development topics.

Topics may focus on topics such as:    

  • research or grant writing
  • managing impostor syndrome 
  • publishing
  • navigating the IRB process 
  • first-generation student tips 
  • dissertation writing
  • publishing
  • wellness in the writing process
  • job search processes
  • networking
  • financial management in graduate school
  • effective academic and professional interviewing
  • finding culturally-appropriate research methods

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 programming that connects COSP Scholars to the local Twin Cities community. COSP also provides resources and connections to COSP Scholars seeking to get connected to community engagement opportunities of their own. Contact Maija Brown to get connected.

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. 

Individual consultation on academic, professional, and personal matters is available by appointment with the COSP Director.


COSP has a dedicated lounge for COSP Scholars who are in need of a quiet place to study and to connect with the COSP community. There are comfortable couches and chairs, as well a kitchenette. Most COSP events take place here in our space, located in room 375 in the 10 Church building (10 Church St SE, East Bank).

10 Church Street Intro

COSP doctoral Scholars who are ABD can apply to teach at the University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Minnesota-Duluth, or Augustana College while completing their dissertation. Fellows teach one course per semester, 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 may include Movie & Game Nights, Identity-Based Lunches, and Achieve & Uplift: A Community of Scholars Program Graduation Celebration.

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

Questions? Contact Us!

Director of Retention & Success