Financial Resources

All students admitted to the PhD program are offered a five-year funding package, contingent on satisfactory progress toward degree. The funding package provides payment of tuition up to 14 credits per semester, partial payment of the health insurance premium, and a stipend. You can read more on funding opportunities.

The University of Minnesota encourages a diverse representation of perspectives and provides specific funding opportunities for underrepresented groups. Our students have received many competitive university and national fellowships. Students are encouraged to apply to these internal fellowships, a few of which are listed below:

Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowships

The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship helps graduate programs promote the diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students (US citizens and US permanent residents only) with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. The award includes a stipend of $25,000, academic- year tuition at the general graduate rate for up to 14 credits per semester, subsidized health insurance, and dental care for the academic year and for summer 2019. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen major department to compete in a University-wide competition. Students who wish to be nominated must contact the Director of Graduate Studies in advance.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowships

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) offers fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Nominees should have backgrounds and interests that identify them as outstanding students who are clearly committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change. We encourage nomination of exceptionally capable students, especially from the global south and groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen graduate program. Students who wish to be nominated must contact the Director of Graduate Studies in advance.

External Fellowships

Many fellowships are open to U of M students beyond their first year of graduate work. Each year, several students receive additional support, including from the university-wide fellowships listed by the Graduate School.