Yudof Fellowship

Mark & Judy Yudof Fellowship in Science Policy & Ethics for 2014
Deadline: 12 noon, November 1, 2013

For graduate students pursuing a Master's or Ph.D. in interdisciplinary work, with content focused in the areas of science policy and ethics. Students are not eligible if their research is largely scientific, with limited, implied, or peripheral ethical and science policy content. $22,500 for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance for the academic year. Summer health insurance will be provided if the Fellow remains eligible. Up to 3 awards for 2014-15.


Students must be registered for in a Master's or Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota at the time of application. Students are ineligible for a second award.

Application Procedure:

  1. Start Application
    • Create a username and password.
      • If you are applying to multiple fellowship competitions, you will need to create a new user login for each application.
  2. Send Letter Requests - To ensure that letter writers have sufficient time prior to the deadline:
    • Complete sections 1-3 of the electronic application (Applicant Information, Eligibility, and Recommenders), then select "SEND" options (in section 5) at the bottom of the application page.
    • Your two recommenders will receive an email with instructions and a link.
    • You will receive notification when the letters are uploaded.
  3. Complete the Application
    • Complete section 4 of the electronic application.
    • NOTE: You must first complete sections 1 & 2 of the application in order to view all required questions in section 4.
    • This section (4-Application) details your credentials and the proposed project, and includes all of your uploaded documentation.
  4. Revise your Application
    • You may continue to revise your entire application until the deadline.
    • To resume/edit your application, log-in with your username and password, then select the pencil icon (located on the far left).
    • Select SAVE/UPDATE at the bottom of the application page to register your changes.
    • Please note that your application is "submitted" each time you select "SAVE/UPDATE" or "SEND" at the bottom of the screen.  Submitted information will only be viewed after the application deadline.

The following is a summary of the information you will need to complete the electronic application.
Log-in to the application for complete instructions.


Section 1: Applicant Information

  • Name, email address, student ID, program

Section 2: Eligibility Information

  • Confirm eligibility, indicate human/animal subjects use

Section 3: Recommenders

  • Name and email address of two recommenders (first recommender should be major adviser)

Section 4: Application

  • (Working) Research Proposal title
  • 100-word abstract of proposed research, describing the extent to which your research centers on the areas of science policy and ethics.
  • Research proposal
    • Two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, no references are required, diagrams or pictures may be included on one appendix page.
    • Your proposal should describe the proposed research or study you plan to pursue in the coming academic year.
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • Two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, focus on publications, presentations, academic accomplishments & awards.
  • Education Statement
    • Electronic form, completed and uploaded.
  • Unofficial UMN graduate transcript (with explanation of any incompletes)
  • If applicable, IRB/IACUC documentation for human/animal subjects (see application)

Section 5: Save/Update or Request Letters

  • Electronic signature, copy of application and letter request options

Selection Criteria

The review and selection will be conducted by University of Minnesota faculty, which will select the awardees based on the following criteria:

  • the science policy and ethics content of the research (and its potential impact),
  • the nature of the interdisciplinary aspects of the research,
  • the strength of the academic record and overall professional promise,
  • the timeliness of progress toward the degree, and
  • the strength of the letters of recommendation.


Applicants will be notified, in writing, by mid-February.

Award Policy

Duplicate Awards - Recipients may not hold concurrently a second fellowship, scholarship, grant, or similar award that duplicates the benefits of the Fellowship.

Supplementation - Recipients may hold concurrently a graduate assistantship of up to 25% time, or supplementation up to the value of a 25% assistantship in each semester.

Terms of Award - Although recipients need not be in residence during the tenure of the fellowship, they must be registered for credit in the Graduate School both semesters of the academic year.