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. See here for contact information for each hosting center. To learn more about the IDF visit the Graduate School's IDF website and watch a recording of an IDF Info Session held by the Institute for Advanced Study. 

The Institute for Advanced Study is running an online IDF Information Session for graduate students interested in applying for an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Friday, October 06, 2023 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm CDT. Learn more and register here


The MPC welcomes applications from students pursuing interdisciplinary population research!

Benefits of an IDF at MPC:

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 2026 or later. If they are eligible to hold an IDF in 2024-25 at the MPC, applicants should email 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 by October 20, 2023.

The application packet must include:

  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 by October 20, 2023.

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 3, 2023. Then, prior to Friday November 10, 2023 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 5:00pm on Friday, November 10, 2023.

Please email any questions for the MPC at

Please email any questions for the graduate school at


Congratulations Adam Negri for being award a 2023-2024 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship with the Minnesota Population Center!

Previous MPC Interdisciplinary Fellows