Interdisciplinary Funding Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) provides a unique opportunity for outstanding PhD students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research to study with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year. Applicants designate the host center or institute they believe is the best match with their planned dissertation topic, contingent upon endorsement by the host center or institute. Applicants should check with mentors and directors early to ensure a good match. See the IDF website for complete details.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a new solicitation for proposals in its research traineeship (NRT) program. The Graduate School invites pre-proposals under the new National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program solicitation, and coordinates the process by which pre-proposals from the University of Minnesota are selected to advance in the national competition. Details of the latest NRT program can be found on the NSF website. Letter of intent (LOI) deadline: November 27, 2017. Pre-proposal deadline: December 18, 2017. View the full call for proposals >

Training Grant Matching Funds Program

The Graduate School provides matching funds for pre-doctoral training grant applications to improve the competitiveness of training grant applications and to help leverage other internal sources of matching support. For questions, contact

Other U of M Interdisciplinary Funding Opportunities

Other Funding Resources

Grant Funding: Search Tools and Resources (University Libraries)

Interdisciplinary Proposal Development

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides many resources and contacts to assist researchers in developing grant proposals.  See the OVPR website.

External Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Graduate School Fellowship Office identifies many external funding opportunities for graduate students.