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Financial Support

Full financial support is guaranteed to all students admitted to the PhD program for five years. You can read more about our general funding.  

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

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.

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 for the academic year plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen major department to compete in a University-wide competition.

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.

We have also had students successfully obtain funding from different community resources. We recommend that you search within your community for these resources, and also visit the University's additional scholarships page.