RCP Fellows Program

What is the RCP Fellows Program?

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) Fellows Program partners with local government agencies in Minnesota on research and technical assistance projects that help to advance community sustainability, livability, and resilience.

Through the program, interdisciplinary teams of graduate/professional students and postdocs at the U of MN collaborate directly with local government staff on a high-priority project. Projects can cover a wide range of issues that impact community resilience--from housing, transportation, and economic development to climate adaptation, health equity, and environmental stewardship. Team members have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world project, while our partner agencies benefit from the insights provided by a multidisciplinary team. 

Project cycles occur three times per year, starting in January, May, and September, and typically last 12 weeks. Participation on a team is unpaid; however, volunteers are selected through a competitive process. No previous consulting experience is required, and applications from all fields and disciplines are encouraged. 

Eligibility

Team members are selected through a competitive process, and must be

  • current University of Minnesota postdocs, graduate, or professional students;
  • enrolled with active status and in good academic standing (for professional or graduate students); and 
  • willing and able to commit a minimum of five (5) hours per week to the project

What projects are available?

Project cycles occur three times per year to coincide with the fall, spring, and summer academic terms at the U of MN. Available projects are generally announced in August (for fall semester), December (spring semester), and May (summer term). Please check back here to see what projects are on tap for next term, or sign up to receive future notices.

How can I learn more about the RCP Fellows Program?

If you have questions about the program or are unsure about your eligibility to participate, please contact RCP at rcp@umn.edu.

To learn more about upcoming project cycles, sign up to receive future notices.

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