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Applications for consideration by the IAS
due Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Applicants for the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship are required to include a letter of support from the center or institute’s director in their application. In order to be considered for a letter of support from the IAS, you must submit your application materials directly to the IAS by 5 p.m. October 25, 2016. The IAS will review applications and notify applicants in early November whether or not their applications will be supported by the IAS. The IAS will provide a letter of support to the DGS of those students whose applications will be supported in advance of the Graduate School’s November 14 deadline.

Required materials for IAS consideration:
1. Application form
2. Curriculum vitae (2 pp.)
3. Research project proposal (100-word abstract and 2-page proposal)
4. Letter(s) of support from IAS faculty mentor(s) — see below for eligibility
5. Letter of support from adviser/co-advisers (may be co-authored)
6. Unofficial U of M graduate transcript, with explanation of incompletes
7. Proof of IRB/IACUC approval, if applicable
Please see the Graduate School’s instructions for these materials and link to the application form. Materials to apply for a letter of support from the IAS are identical to what is required by the Graduate School in a final application, with the exception of the letter of endorsement from the IAS.

Application process
All materials will be submitted via email to The subject line should read “IDF Application: Student Name.” All materials should be saved into one PDF and sent as an email attachment by 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

You have two options for submitting materials. The student’s DGS or other departmental staff may compile and send all of the materials directly to the IAS. Or, the student may send the proposal, CV, transcript, and IRB/IACUC (if applicable) to the IAS, and ask the DGS to send the letters of support from the faculty mentor and advisers separately. If the application is being sent in two parts, please indicate this in the body of the email. In either case all materials should be submitted into a single PDF per email and sent via attachment.

Faculty Mentor
You are asked to identify a faculty mentor with whom you will work during the fellowship. Faculty who are eligible to serve as IAS mentors include current or former IAS faculty fellows; participants in current or former IAS research/creative collaboratives; IAS advisory board members; and other faculty members who have been active in the IAS, subject to the approval of IAS Director Jennifer Gunn. For complete lists of faculty fellows see; for collaborative conveners, see; for board members, see To request approval for a faculty mentor who does not fit into one of these categories, please contact Susannah Smith. Please note that faculty fellows for 2017-18 will not be selected until after the deadline for IDF applications.

In addition to the selection criteria listed by the Graduate School, the IAS review committee will consider how the student will benefit from residence in the IAS’s interdisciplinary intellectual community and how the IAS will benefit from the student’s residence.

You may wish to visit the IAS booth at the Discovery Across Disciplines showcase on October 13, 2016, 12-2 p.m. in Coffman Union Great Hall. Sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, this poster session–style event will give graduate students an opportunity to browse the exhibits, interact with researchers, and learn about opportunities provided by the University’s research centers and institutes for involvement in interdisciplinary inquiry.

For questions, please contact Susannah Smith.