Diversity Fellowship Program

Here's what we want.

At the Minnesota Population Center, we believe that the creation of a diverse and inclusive community is central to maintaining the excellence of all of our projects. Our definition of diversity extends beyond race and gender and includes socioeconomic status, religion, gender identity and expression, and more. As a center, we aspire to represent the diversity of our city, our region, and our world and to create a space that encourages and embraces inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect.

Here's how we live it.

In 2015, the MPC developed a diversity enrichment initiative with the goal of increasing the diversity of our community. Since then, we've been welcoming Diversity Fellows every summer. The Diversity Fellowship at the Minnesota Population Center is designed to help recruit underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students to work on IPUMS data infrastructure projects or with MPC member faculty on demographic research projects.

Picture of the Diversity Fellows from Summer 2020


Become a Diversity Fellow mentor!

We are seeking faculty proposals for summer 2021. The program runs 10 weeks from June 7 to August 13, 2021.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and building on the successful model we created for the summer of 2020, we will once again run this program 100% virtually in 2021.

Program Benefits: We are looking for proposals for projects that would benefit our fellows and the faculty and staff mentors. For selected projects, MPC covers the cost of the fellowships (i.e., the students’ stipends), and, in return, the faculty and staff members provide mentorship to the Fellows. MPC Diversity Leadership will promote, recruit, and assist with interviewing potential students. The program provides professional and multi-cultural development opportunities for each student.

Mentoring Requirements: Mentors must be available for regular meetings with their team during the summer and occasional mentor cohort meetings starting in May. Mentors should also be available for their team’s research presentation at the MPC Diversity Fellows Colloquia on August 13, 2021. 

Read the Request for Proposals and submit your proposal to mpc@umn.edu by January 25, 2021.


Summer 2020 Projects 

Diversity Fellowship in the News