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 website and watch a recording of an IDF Info Session held by the Institute for Advanced Study.


The MPC welcomes applications from students pursuing interdisciplinary population research.

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 2024 or later. If they are eligible to hold an IDF in 2022-23 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 and cc MPC Training Director Ann Meier by October 18, 2021.

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 Ann Meier by October 18, 2021.

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 5, 2021. Prior to Wednesday, November 10, 2021 successful applicants will receive a PDF copy of a letter of support from MPC Director Rob Warren to be included with their applications to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School's deadline is noon on Friday, November 12, 2021.

Please email any questions for the MPC at

Please email any questions for the graduate school at

Congratulations to Rania Madani for being awarded a 2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship with the Minnesota Population Center!

Previous MPC Interdisciplinary Fellows