Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Monday, October 17, 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 17, 2022). Please consult the Graduate School’s instructions about content and length limits:

  1. Application form (opens in new tab)
  2. IRB/IACUC documentation
  3. Research project proposal (2-page proposal that includes a 100-word abstract; single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins)
  4. Letter of support from adviser/co-advisers (may be co-authored) (2-page maximum)
  5. Letter(s) of support from IAS faculty mentor(s) — see below for eligibility (1-page maximum)

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 17, 2022. 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.


September 29, 2021 information session conducted with six IDF-sponsoring centers. The session includes a brief presentation on what makes a strong IDF application, followed by talks by representatives of the six centers on their specific application processes and deadlines, as well as more generally about the IDF experience at their center. Presented by the Center for Premodern Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Institute on the Environment, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Life Course Center, and Minnesota Population Center.