Application Documentation

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for 2017-18

Documentation Required for Complete Nomination

Each nomination is submitted by program staff. The nomination must include:

Electronic Nomination Form

and

A single PDF uploaded to the Nomination Form that includes in this order:

1. Nominee's application
2. Nominee's curriculum vitae
3. Nominee's research proposal
4. Letter of endorsement from host center or institute
5. Letter(s) of support from faculty mentor(s) in host center or institute
6. Letter of support from advisor/co-advisors (may be co-authored)
7. Unofficial U of M graduate transcript, with explanation of incompletes
8. Proof of IRB/IACUC approval, if applicable

Electronic Nomination Form

Completed by designated program staff authorized to work with graduate student records and/or the Director of Graduate Studies.

1.  Nominee's Application

The nominee downloads the Nominee Application, completes it, and provides the completed form to the nominating program.

2.  Nominee's Curriculum Vitae

The nominee provides a two-page (maximum) curriculum vitae to the program.  Formatting requirements: 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. (Curriculum Vitae that exceed these requirements may result in return of the nomination without review.)

  • Educational information is already provided on the Nominee Application form, and therefore should not be duplicated on the curriculum vitae.
  • The focus should be on relevant employment or experience, publications, presentations, academic accomplishments, honors, and awards.

3.  Nominee's Research Proposal

The nominee provides a research proposal to the program, consisting of the following elements.

  • A working title for the nominee's proposed research.
  • A  100-word abstract of the proposed research in terms that are jargon-free and accessible to the non-specialist.
  • Research Proposal:  Maximum two-pages (including abstract), single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins. (Proposals that exceed these requirements may result in return of the nomination without review.) Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).

The research proposal should describe the student's interdisciplinary research or scholarly project.  Additional points the student should address include:

  • What fields will you combine and how will you combine them? 
  • Describe the innovativeness of your project.  Will this project build on an existing collaboration(s), or will you explore new, innovative directions and collaborations? 
  • Explain how your scholarship will benefit from residence at the designated center/institute. 
  • Describe the potential significance and contribution of your research to your field and to other fields. 

Specialized terminology must be defined; faculty reviewers are drawn from many different fields across the University.

4.  Letter of Endorsement from the Host Center or Institute Director

To be eligible for program nomination, the student must obtain a Letter of Endorsement from a host center or institute. 

  • Centers/institutes may have internal review procedures in place to determine whom they will support.  Potential applicants should provide any requested application materials to the center/institute by October 25, 2016, to be considered for endorsement.
  • When requesting endorsement, the applicant should provide the director with a link to the Center/Institute Endorsement Page, and include any internal program deadlines and program contact information.

5.  Letter(s) of Support from Faculty Mentor(s) Affiliated with the Host Center/Institute.

To be eligible for nomination, the student must find a faculty mentor affiliated with the host center/institute who will agree to mentor the student during the fellowship year. More than one mentor may work with the student during the fellowship year.

  •  At least one letter of support is required from a mentor. If there are two mentors, the second mentor may write a letter of support, but a second letter is not required.
  • When requesting a letter, the applicant should provide letter writer(s) with a link to the Instructions for Letter Writers Page, and include any internal program deadlines and program contact information. 

6.  Letter of Support from Advisor or Co-advisors

  • Only one advisor letter should be provided.  The letter can be from one advisor or one co-advisor, or it may be co-authored by co-advisors.
  • When requesting a letter, the applicant should provide the letter writer with a link to the Instructions for Letter Writers Page, and include any internal program deadlines and program contact information.

7. Unofficial U of M Graduate Transcript 

  • Include an explanation for any incomplete grades.

8.  IRB/IACUC Documentation for Human or Animal Subjects

  • If the research involves human or animal subjects, IRB/IACUC approval is required (see question on Nominee Application).
  • Refer to the IDF FAQ for answers to common IRB/IACUC questions.