RIGS Initiative Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) for Graduate Students - Apply Now!

Deadline Extended to October 19, 2020

Now Accepting Applications for the RIGS Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)  

We encourage applications from graduate students interested in working with a RIGS-affiliated faculty member to broaden the conceptual and disciplinary scope of their dissertations. Note that the extended deadline to apply to RIGS for affiliation for the IDF is October 19, 2020. 

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (RIGS) Initiative is happy to announce that we are now accepting applicaitons for the 2021-2022 Interdiciplinary Doctoral Fellowship sponsored by The Graduate School. If your application for the IDF with RIGS affiliation is successful, RIGS provides you with professional development funds (e.g., for conference attendance, methods training, etc.), and the opportunity for you to workshop your writing in-progress with RIGS faculty and students. We do not have dedicated office space for fellows at this time.
To apply, follow the Graduate School guidelines. In addition to a letter of recommendation from your primary and advisory and proposed RIGS mentor, applicants are required to include a letter of support from the center or initiative’s director in their application to the Graduate School. There are two dates to note: 1) the center/initiatives deadline for affiliation - for RIGS that's October 19, 2020 and 2) the Graduate School submission deadline - noon on November 13, 2020. In advance of the Graduate School’s deadline, RIGS will review applications and notify applicants whether or not their proposals will be supported by RIGS. The RIGS Director will provide a letter of support to the Director of Graduate Studies for those students whose applications will be supported.
To apply for RIGS support of your IDF application, submit the following to rigs@umn.edu  by October 19, 2020:
  • Your proposal
  • letter of recommendation from you primary advisor (sent to RIGS by your advisor)
  • letter of recommendation from your proposed RIGS mentor (sent to RIGS by your proposed mentor)
If your application is selected for RIGS support, you would submit your final proposal and materials through your program/department home, and the RIGS program director will add a letter of endorsement.
Please email rigs@umn.edu with questions or to submit applications. 


Learn more about our innagural RIGS IDF Fellow (2020-2021), Caroline Doenmez and her research here. 
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