Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

Applications for a 2022-23 IDF at the IAS are closed.
Applications will reopen for the following year in Fall 2022.

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. The IAS will review applications and notify applicants 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 deadline.

Required materials for IAS consideration (due to the IAS FIRST, on October 18, 2021). Please consult the Graduate School’s instructions about content and length limits:

  1. Application form
  2. Curriculum vitae (2 pp.)
  3. Research project proposal (2-page proposal that includes a 100-word abstract)
  4. Letter(s) of support from IAS faculty mentor(s) — see below for eligibility (1-page maximum)
  5. Letter of support from adviser/co-advisers (may be co-authored) (2-page maximum)
  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 [email protected] by Monday, October 18, 2021. The subject line should read “IDF Application: Student Name.” All materials should be saved as a SINGLE PDF and sent as an email attachment.

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 application form, 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 advisors separately. Faculty mentors and advisors may also send letters to the IAS directly. 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.