RCP Scholars Program

What is the RCP Scholars Program?

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) Scholars Program partners U of MN students with local government agencies in Minnesota to collaborate on research and technical assistance projects that help to advance community sustainability, equity, and resilience.

Through the program, interdisciplinary teams of graduate and professional students 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 resiliencefrom 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 uncompensated, but students may be eligible to earn academic credit for their involvement in a project. No previous consulting experience is required, and applications are accepted from students in all fields and disciplines.  


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

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

Fall 2023 Projects

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 later this summer to see what projects are on tap for fall 2023 semester, or sign up to receive future notices!

How can I learn more about the RCP Scholars Program?

If you have questions about the program or are unsure about your eligibility to participate, please contact RCP at [email protected].

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