Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

 

The Graduate School awards a limited number of one-year Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDFs) each year to outstanding graduate students who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. To learn more about the IDF visit the Graduate School's IDF websiteYou can also watch a recording of an IDF Info Session held by the Institute for Advanced Study or review a PowerPoint overview of MPC's IDFs here.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The MPC welcomes applications from students pursuing interdisciplinary population research!

Benefits of an IDF at MPC:

  • Embedded in intellectual environment
  • Mentoring and research with faculty 
  • MPC weekly events & activities
  • MPC member services & resources 
  • Computer and office space
  • Research funds for travel, data, etc. ($2,500)

Before the MPC application process begins, interested parties should review the graduate school’s eligibility requirements here. Applicants must ensure they have a graduation date of Spring 2025 or later. If they are eligible to hold an IDF in 2023-24 at the MPC, applicants should email mpctrain@umn.edu to indicate their interest as soon as possible.

If the MPC agrees to be a host institution, applicants must submit their application packet (minus the letter of support from MPC’s Director) to mpctrain@umn.edu by October 24, 2022.

The application packet includes:

  1. Application form
  2. CV
  3. Proposal
  4. Unofficial transcript
  5. Proof of IRB if applicable

Each applicant's advisor and faculty mentor should send their letters of support directly to mpctrain@umn.edu by October 24, 2022.

The MPC review committee will consider how each applicant would benefit from residence in MPC’s interdisciplinary intellectual community and how MPC would benefit from each applicant’s residence. The MPC will then select applications to endorse, and will provide letters of support to the graduate school accordingly.

The MPC will make its review and notify applicants of decisions by Friday, November 4, 2022. Then, prior to Thurs, November 10, 2022 successful applicants will receive a PDF copy of a letter of support from MPC Director Theresa Osypuk to be included with their applications to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School's deadline is noon on Friday, November 11, 2022.

Please email any questions for the MPC at mpctrain@umn.edu.

Please email any questions for the graduate school at gsidf@umn.edu.

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Congratulations to Solvejg Wastvedt for being awarded a 2022-2023 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship with the Minnesota Population Center!

Previous MPC Interdisciplinary Fellows