Endorsement Instructions for Centers and Institutes


Letter of Endorsement from Host Center/Institute Director

Center/institute directors will complete a Letter of Endorsement for each student they wish to support. The letter is submitted to the student’s program by a deadline determined by the program, but prior to the November 16, 2018 nomination deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate the program's deadline date to the center/institute.

The following three questions are included on the form:

1. What synergies may result from hosting this particular student?

  • How will the student benefit from an affiliation with the center/institute?
  • How will the center/institute benefit from the student’s participation?

2.   What resources will the center/institute commit to the student?

Centers/institutes are encouraged to provide $2,500 for activities related to the student’s professional development.

Possible resources may include:

  • study space,
  • mentoring and professional development opportunities, and
  • financial support, such as funds for student travel to a professional conference.  

3. Why is your center/institute an appropriate host site for this student’s research?

Information provided might include:

  • the mix of disciplines represented among center/institute faculty related to the student’s interdisciplinary interests,
  • the diversity of faculty research interests and methodologies,
  • regular events that feature faculty members’ work, and
  • opportunities for students to feature their work.

For Questions

If you still have questions after reviewing this page, please contact the Graduate Fellowships Office at gsfellow@umn.edu

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