CURA Grants and Assistantship Programs

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About CURA:
The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) connects the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities and the region for the benefit of all.

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) strives to be a nationally recognized model for university-community engagement. CURA is founded on the belief that partnership between the university and the community is mutually beneficial. Communities determine issues important to them, and provide an understanding of the context of these issues and the wisdom to shape how they can best be addressed to create vital places to live and work. The university contributes extensive knowledge and expertise to understand community issues and discover new approaches to address them. This model of engaged research leads to outcomes that strengthen the community and enrich academic research.

Programs Offered by CURA:
CURA offers several programs to support projects proposed or initiated by nonprofit groups, neighborhood organizations, and other community-based groups in Minnesota. The type of support available varies by program, and each program has its own eligibility requirements and application procedures. CURA offers community-initiated, student-initiated, government-initiated, or faculty-initiated programs. Here are some just some of the programs offered by CURA:

Charles R. Krusell Fellowship in Community Development: Provides fellowship and internship opportunities for disadvantaged or underrepresented students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs who have a career interest in housing and community development issues.

Community Assistantship Program (CAP): Provides applied research assistance to community organizations, citizen groups, and government agencies in Greater Minnesota.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program: Provides research assistance for: community and neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and ommunity organizations and government agencies in Twin-Cities metro area suburbs.

Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP): Competitive program that supports interactive public policy research between University of Minnesota faculty and community organizations or government agencies in Minnesota.

CURA Dissertation Research Grant: Provides one year of support to a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota to complete dissertation research on a significant issue or topic related to urban areas in the upper Midwest region.

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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)
301 19th Avenue South
330 Humphrey
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-1551
Fax: 612-626-0273

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