University of Minnesota Funding Opportunities

Diversity of Views & Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship

The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 20 first-year students from underrepresented groups within a specific graduate program (U.S. citizens or permanent residents).  The fellowship provides a $22,500.00 stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. Graduate programs must nominate prospective students by 4:30 pm,  Monday, January 30, 2017. Students who wish to be nominated must contact the Director of Graduate Studies in advance. For further information please refer to the FAQs website below.

DOVE Fellowship FAQs and application

McNair Scholar/DOVE Fellowship

The Graduate School of the University of Minnesota has designated at least two of its Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowships to be awarded to McNair Scholars. The award includes a stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. For further information please refer to the DOVE Fellowship website.

Graduate School Fellowship Office

Graduate fellowships are available to new and currently enrolled students. The Fellowship Office administers several fellowship programs; a number of individual academic departments also administer field-specific fellowships. Contact: 314 Johnston Hall (612.625.7579;

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs offer teaching and research assistantship appointments as well as other field-specific fellowships and traineeships. Students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in their major field.

International Center for the Study of Global Change(ICGC) Fellowships

The ICGC is an interdisciplinary program that promotes graduate study and research on issues of peace, global change, social power, and justice. Fellowships are awarded to beginning graduate students enrolled in doctoral degree-granting programs in the colleges of Liberal Arts, Biological Sciences, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences; School of Public Health; as well as degree-granting Public Affairs programs at the University of Minnesota. Tuition and up to $20,000 stipend are provided for the first year. Departmental support in the form of assistantships is provided for the second and third years. The ICGC offers 3 different kinds of fellowships:  ICGC/MacArthur Scholars Fellowships,   ICGC/Mellon Scholars Fellowships,  and ICGC/Compton Peace Fellowships  Contact the Director, MacArthur Program, University of Minnesota, 560 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612.624.0832; e-mail:, website:

LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities)

LEND Fellows are UMN graduate, postgraduates, or community members selected for their skills and commitment to improving the quality of life for children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Representing over 16 disciplines, MNLEND offers 10-18 graduate level students (masters, doctoral, and post doctoral) year-long interdisciplinary training opportunities.  Generous stipends are provided, and our training integrates into each trainee's area. People from underrepresented backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to applyFor more information please visit their website at

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholarship (SMSC)

The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota.   The SMSC scholarship program supports incoming University of Minnesota first-year and transfer students with demonstrated financial need.  Scholarships may also be awarded to newly-admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines.  For more information please refer to the SMSC website.  

The UNCF/University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship

This partnership program supports Minnesota residents who have graduated from The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institutions and who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees at the University of Minnesota. Selected fellows receive a graduate assistantship, tuition, and health insurance. Contact UNCF's Twin Cites location at 612.338.5742.

Graduate Assistant Employment Office

This office serves as a "one stop personnel shop" for graduate students. A division of Human Resources, the Graduate Assistant Office (GAO) posts job announcements, audits personnel documents, and administers the tuition benefit program and resident tuition rate and extended resident tuition rate privileges. The GAO disseminates and explains policies about hiring graduate assistants to both departments and students and assist with policy clarifications and other personnel issues. Students may seek assistantships outside their program and are encouraged to use the online GAO job board. Contact Donhowe Building (612.624.7070;