The Natural Resources Science and Management graduate program at the University of Minnesota recently received funding to support expanded offerings of tribal natural resources management. The $241,000 award from the US Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture National Needs Program will help be used to recruit and support graduate students that identify as Black, Indigenous and Other Persons of Color. The funds will also be used to explore expanded offerings of tribal natural resources management content across our program.
Enrollment of BIPOC students in graduate natural resources programs has historically been underrepresented. Graduate education that provides students the opportunity to work collaboratively with others, including across diverse land ownerships such as Tribal ownerships, will be required for successful natural resource researchers and managers in the 2020s and beyond. This funding will be used to establish a cohort of USDA National Needs Fellows that focus on tribal natural resources issues.
See our flyer for more information on how to apply to be considered for the USDA-NIFA National Needs Fellowship program. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to faculty they are interested in working with and submit their applications by December 15, 2021.