In addition to funding described on our main funding page, there are additional fellowships available to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. They include:

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies Grants to Advance Graduate Education (GAGE) Summer Research Fellowships

For research abroad during the summer, in particular, those projects that focus on underrepresented groups and reflect the diversity of Iberia and Latin America. Available upon annual funding.

Diversity of Views & Experience Fellowship (DOVE)

The Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship Program seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a 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 with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences as suggested in the review/selection consideration list. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that have been underrepresented in their graduate programs. US Citizens and Permanent Residents eligible.

Approximately 18 fellowships are available. 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 2021. Note: Fellows are responsible for all other fees or charges and tuition beyond 14 credits (general graduate rate).

ICGC Scholar Fellowships 

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) fellowships are for incoming students and typically give first-and often fourth-year fellowship support. The student's home department is expected to guarantee support in the form of 50% teaching or research assistantships in the second and third years of study, and tuition and health insurance benefits for four years. Please note that consideration for ICGC Scholar Fellowships will only be given to candidates nominated by their academic departments and that award terms vary. 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. TheyWe encourage nomination of exceptionally capable students, especially but not only from the global south and groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. All students eligible.

Summer Institute

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) Summer Institute provides seven weeks of research opportunity for newly -admitted underrepresented graduate students. Priority is given to recipients of the DOVE fellowship. US Citizens and Permanent Residents eligible.

Incoming Native American graduate students and domestic graduate students of color who are awarded fellowships through their college or department can also participate in the Summer Institute, with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

In addition to conducting research, students attend weekly seminars on issues pertinent to the graduate experience. Each student receives a $4,000 stipend, which is provided by the student's graduate program or department. As part of participating in the Summer Institute, participants serve as volunteers in community engagement activities during the spring semester of their first year.

Funding for Dreamers

UMN, State of Minnesota, and external funding is available for undocumented students. Please see our Dreamers page for more information.