The Common Ground Consortium (CGC) is a program that develops proactive and collaborative Black intellectual leaders of education and human development whose focus is to impact and transform the university, greater communities, and world.
The CGC supports 8-10 Black graduate students per year in their full-time studies in the college. The CGC supports educators training to become future tenure-track faculty as well as practitioner-scholars in many fields of education and human development.
Students in the Common Ground Consortium meet as an interdisciplinary cohort to develop ongoing program opportunities. Although the primary focus of the CGC is scholarly and professional development, the CGC scholars find the program a source of personal support as well.
Your application for the CGC fellowship is a part of your application to a graduate program, and is submitted with your materials. See your program page for more information about CGC application requirements. CGC offers are made in March, after Department/program admission decisions.
The CGC was created in 1989 to honor the heritage of increased access the University of Minnesota shares with many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as land grant colleges. The CGC originally linked 10 HBCUs with the University of Minnesota to provide support to HBCU alumni pursuing graduate degrees in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Although the Common Ground Consortium is now open to scholars who graduated from non-HBCU institutions, the consortium remains a defining feature of this unique opportunity.