University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship 2023

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Summary of Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: November 11, 2022 at 12:00pm CST
  • Application Open: September 15, 2022
  • Location: USA
  • Level of Study: Mid-career Ph.D. students
  • Scholarship Coverage: $25,000

About OPEC Fund Internship Program

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) provides a unique opportunity for outstanding mid-career Ph.D. students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research to study with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year.

Applicants designate the host center or institute they believe is the best match with their planned dissertation topic, contingent upon endorsement by the host center or institute.

There is a list of potential host centers and institutes; and any center or institute at the University of Minnesota is eligible to participate even, as long as the director of the center/institute is willing to write the applicant a letter of endorsement. Applicants should check with mentors and directors early to ensure a good match.

Eligibility Criteria

  • PhD students in good standing with their program at the University of Minnesota
  • Have an intended graduation term of no earlier than Spring 2025
  • Able to demonstrate that they are making timely degree progress
  • Students who previously received an IDF or Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) from the Graduate School are NOT eligible

Award Value

$25,000 stipend, academic year tuition at the general graduate rate for up to 14 credits per semester, and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan for up to one calendar year.

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How to Apply?

Program Nomination required. Please reach out to your Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Program Coordinator for nomination procedure and internal deadlines. For Program Nomination, log in to the electronic nomination form.

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Application Materials

PhD students will communicate with a host center or institute as well as their graduate program for nomination. PhD students forward the following documents to their graduate program for nomination (Programs can set internal deadline):

  • Completed Nominee Application Form
  • IRB/IACUC Documentation, details on Nominee Application Form
  • Research proposal, see details below
  • Letter of Support (2-page maximum) from Advisor and/or Co-Advisor, see details below

Per the request of a PhD student, Host Center(s) or Institute(s) will forward the following document to the PhD student’s graduate program to include in the nomination packet:

  • Letter of Endorsement from the Host Center or Institute Director
  • Letter of Support (1-page maximum) from a Faculty Mentor(s) affiliated with the Host Center or Institute, see details below

All application materials are forwarded to the student’s graduate program for submission to the electronic nomination form. The graduate program will upload a single PDF of the application materials in the following order:

  • Nominee’s application form
  • IRB/IACUC documentation
  • Nominee’s research proposal
  • Letter of support from advisor/co-advisor
  • Letter of endorsement from host center or institute
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor in host center or institute
  • Required PDF title format: Nominee Last Name, First Name – Program

Application Deadline

The 2023-24 application window opens September 15, 2022 and the deadline to apply is November 11, 2022 at 12:00pm CST.

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