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GRPP Guidelines


The CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) encourages graduate students enrolled in graduate programs housed within the college to partner with a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) faculty project advisor on projects of shared interest. The program provides GRPP fellows with a summer research stipend of $4000 for summer 2012. Please contact your department's director of graduate studies to learn the details of your program's CLA GRPP.

Terms of Award

GRPP Graduate Student Fellows must be enrolled students in a graduate program housed in CLA. Awards will be in the form of a fellowship of $4000. Individual programs may choose to award additional funds to cover the cost of materials, travel, and expenses associated with the project.


The competition is open to graduate students in CLA. Students are ineligible if they have incompletes in official program coursework from a prior term on their transcript. Previous recipients of this award are also not eligible to apply in 2012. As a condition of the award, CLA GRPP Fellows may not hold summer appointments in excess of .25 FTE.

Students receiving other University of Minnesota fellowships, including department fellowships, during the period are ineligible for the CLA GRPP Fellowship. Students may hold external fellowships if the request is approved by their department's CLA GRPP selection committee. Students may not register for courses, except during May term, while they hold a CLA GRPP Fellowship.

Review and Selection

The review will be conducted by individual programs. Each application will be reviewed by faculty members in the department in which the student's graduate program resides. Programs develop their own selection criteria in addition to those stipulated in this document.

Application Procedure

  • Students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) regarding the program's deadline and selection procedures.
  • Applications must be submitted by a graduate student currently enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts with the endorsement of a tenured or tenure-track CLA faculty member.
  • A graduate student may not participate in more than one application for each round of funding.
  • The application materials should include the application form (see template), the project proposal, a budget proposal (see template), a two-page curriculum vitae and a U of M graduate transcript for the student.

Selection Criteria

Department criteria should emphasize:

  • the quality and significance of the scholarship or creative work proposed
  • value of the experience to the graduate student's academic development
  • the value of the fellowship for the scholarly/creative achievement of the project
  • evidence that the student is making timely progress toward degree
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