Eligibility and requirements

We welcome college and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Program eligibility


To apply to our program, you must be:

  • Enrolled at an accredited college, university, graduate program or law school, or
  • A recent graduate with a degree conferred in the last year

Do not apply if you are on academic hold or probation.

You must also:

  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education.
  • Be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Be prepared to participate on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) for 12 weeks.

See answers to common questions about eligibility


Application details


Application process


The application window for 2022 is open from January 3 to February 7, 2022.

See application timeline

Four qualifications 

The four qualifications we look for in candidates are:

  • Cultural competency
    • The ability to understand, appreciate and interact with people from cultures or belief systems other than your own
  • Altruism
    • Care about other people and their needs without regard for your own needs 
    • Think about other groups who have a stake or interest in various projects, initiatives or activities
  • Teamwork and collaboration
    • Take a broad view of the team concept
    • Consider values, opinions and preferences of other group members in completing tasks and in decision-making
  • Resiliency and adaptability
    • Shows resiliency in the face of obstacles, setbacks and other sources of stress
      • Get back up and move forward
    • Adapt well to changing conditions
    • Recognize when changes in priorities, direction or the pace of activities appear necessary

Application form

Additional items

In addition to the application, you need to submit: 

  • Your resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • An application essay

Note: Please do not send any additional attachments, such as references, unless we ask for them.

Application essay

Your essay should be:

  • One to two pages long
  • Describe how you have exhibited each of our four qualifications in your work, school and personal life


The general application contains all the details you'll need to know in order to submit your application. Be sure to read it thoroughly before you apply.

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Urban Scholars

Civil Rights Department






City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday