Estonian American Studies

The Hildegard & Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies was established in 2003 with a major gift from the Estonian Archives of the US, Inc. in conjunction with the transfer of a vast segment of that institution’s archival holdings to the Immigration History Research Center Archive. Its objective is to further Estonian American history and activities in the IHRC.

The fellowship may be used for graduate student support and travel to academic conferences related to Estonian American studies activity. These fellowships may be awarded more than once to the same student during her/his enrollment in the University. Departments in which graduate students are enrolled arrange individual financial assistance packages of varying terms and amounts, often applied to the second and third years of study, usually through research or teaching assistantships.


The Hildegard & Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies is available for academic year 2019-2020.


International and U.S. permanent residence and citizens students are eligible. To be considered for this fellowship, candidates must:

  • be admitted to, or currently enrolled in, a Masters or PhD degree program in the University of Minnesota Graduate School
  • have research interests related to the history and culture of Estonians (in the United States or the Estonian diaspora) that require research in the IHRC's Estonian collections 
  • have reading proficiency in Estonian as well as English languages (international students should consult TOEFL requirements)


Apply to request departmental nomination for Estonian American Graduate Fellowship.