Bridge Funding

The University of Minnesota recognizes that a faculty reflecting the diversity of our society is important in facilitating the development of world-class scholars and artists. To enhance opportunities to recruit and retain diverse and highly qualified faculty, the University has established the the Bridge Fund for American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Hires. This Bridge Fund is administered by the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Bridge Fund for American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Hires

The primary purpose of the Bridge Fund for American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Hires is to provide financial support to academic departments that have identified (either through a national search or a target of opportunity procedure) highly desirable candidates of color to fill full-time tenured or tenure-track positions, but do not immediately have adequate funding available to extend an offer of employment.

The Bridge Fund for American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Hires is an auxiliary resource designed to complement, not replace, money regularly available to a unit. The fund can be used to supplement the unit's existing resources for a maximum of three years. The maximum bridge funding allowable is 50 percent of salary and fringe the first year, 25 percent of salary and fringe the second year, and 25 percent of salary and fringe the third year. All salary and fringe increases are the responsibility of the hiring unit, and the hiring unit will assume full financial responsibility for the hire no later than the third year.

Due to the limited funding available for this account, requests are carefully reviewed for their relevance to the unit's specific academic and budgetary situation as well as applicable collegiate and University policies.

We highly recommend that those interested in the Bridge Fund for American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Hires to first reference the American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color Bridge Fund Policy Guidelines (.docx). After reviewing the guidelines, a letter of inquiry is the first step (.docx) in applying for this funding.

Bridge Fund for Spousal/Domestic Partner Hires

As of July 2013 Bridge funds for spousal/domestic hires is overseen by the office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Any inquiries regarding these funds or how to apply should be made to Deb Cran.

If you are interested in any of the above programs, please contact:

Sean Garrick
Associate Vice Provost
Office for Equity and Diversity
612-624-2590
sgarrick@umn.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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