Funding

Raymond Allmaras Graduate Fund provides support for a graduate student studying in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. The Department Head, in consultation with the Scholarship Committee, will select the recipient in keeping with the academic standards and recruiting goals of the Department. Each award shall be for a period of one year, though a student may be awarded one-or mulit-year support. Funds are available on a periodic basis. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for current information.

Dr. C. William Zanner Fellowship provides payments to full-time graduate students enrolled in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate working toward a graduate degree and interested in participating in field-based educational experiences. Selection preference is given to older, returning students in good academic standing with exceptional potential in their field. Students are encouraged to share their learning and experience with peers and faculty of the department. Funds are available on a periodic basis. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for current information.

AGI Minority Participation Program Geoscience Student Scholarships' goal is to develop the professional corps of underrepresented ethnic-minority students in the geosciences. Recipients of AGI Geoscience Student Scholarships are provided with both scholarship support as well as support for professional development experiences for successful candidates. Professional development experiences that qualify include field camp, professional society memberships, and/or travel and registration to a professional meeting of one of AGI's member societies. Applications are typically due in mid-March.

AAUW International Fellowships for full-time female graduate students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who plan to return to home country for career. The application deadline is typically around November.

Asian Pacific Island Organization (APIO) Scholarship Program: Only Asian or Pacific Islander students, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible for this scholarship. By the application deadline, the applicant must must have the equivalent of at least 15 semester hours towards a degree in one of the following natural resource fields: Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Horticulture, Plant Science, Rangeland Science, Soil Science, or Agricultural, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, and other related fields of study.  The scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, career goals, personal strengths, leadership abilities, and work experiences. Student scholarships will not be available in 2015. Please stay tuned for the 2016 scholarship announcement next winter/spring.

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship: Six to eight scholarships (from $1000 - 4,000) are awarded annually. [Note: These are one-time awards.] Scholarship winners are recognized at the annual spring "Celebrating University Women Awards Program." Deadline is 1st Friday in June

Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) Fellowship is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines as defined by Title XII. LEAP is part of the overall Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Borlaug LEAP Fellowships are generally offered twice per year with two rounds of competition. 

The Center for German & European Studies maintains a broad range of programs of support for the diverse constituencies that ground German studies in the United States and make them thrive. CGES has identified three core groups—academics, graduate and undergraduate students, and K-12 teachers of German. Each group builds specific strengths; together they assure continued excellence and help us grow new talent in the Midwest.

To see how CGES can help you advance toward your goals, please scroll to the opportunities listed for your career stage.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) Predoctoral Fellowship The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.  The application materials must be submitted electronically between September 2, 2015 and December 1, 2015 at 5 PM through https://solaa.si.edu. Learn more at their website. 

The Community of Scholars Program has travel grants available for students actively participating in COSP. To continue the process of professional development for all graduate and professional students who participate in the program, up to $1,000 per student is budgeted by COSP for students to present a paper at a national or international conference or workshop. Priority will be given to first-time applications. A second award may be funded at 75% of an initial grant award. A third award may be funded at 50% of the initial award.

Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Any student represented by COGS -- all "GRD-designated" and non-professional graduate students on the Twin Cities campus -- is eligible to apply for a COGS grant.  Applicants for the Intellectual and Social Community-Building grants are usually student groups (and it is highly recommended that individuals applying for these grants affiliate with a student group who will sponsor the event). Student groups should designate a primary contact person for their application who should be a COGS-represented graduate student.

The Dayton and Wilkie Natural History Funds and McKinney Fellowships are administered by the Bell Museum of Natural History. Funds can be used for laboratory supplies and equipment to support field studies that are directly related to the student thesis project (deadline: around the end of January).

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year. The Fellowship provides $25,000 maintenance and half tuition (up to a maximum of $20,000 per academic year) wherever the Fellow attends. Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or a child of at least one naturalized citizen parent (the other parent may not be a native-born U.S. citizen). The deadline is typically in November.

Department of Energy The Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program has been established to provide support for outstanding students to pursue graduate degrees and research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science, and to encourage the development of the next generation of scientific and technical talent in the U.S. 

Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship Competition seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences as suggested in the review/selection consideration list. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship Each program/department is limited to 1 nomination. Nominees must have an outstanding graduate record, must demonstrate substantial educational debt, be citizens of the United States, and pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree at the University of Minnesota. 

The Donald Baker and Earl Kuehnast Travel Scholarships honor Dr. Donald Baker's 37 years of teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in climatology at the University of Minnesota, and Earl Kuehnast's 18 years of service as adjunct faculty member and State Climatologist (with the Minnesota DNR). These endowment funds are provided by friends, family, and former students. The purpose of these funds is to further research communications and interactions with others and to provide for gaps in graduate student travel funding. Application deadlines will be announced each semester. Please include the following:

  1. 1 page cover letter describing your research interests, experience, and career plans
  2. 1 page summary and signficance of the reserach to be presented and its relation to the conference session
  3. estimated costs of travel and attending the meeting
  4. 2 page abbreviated Curriculum vitae
  5. 1 page letter of recommendation from academic advisor or professor

By posted due date please submit applications to Kari Jarcho (kjarcho@umn.edu)

Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA): SISCA recognizes and rewards students innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. This competition is only open to UMN graduate and professional students and has a $10K first prize and $2.5K second prize. In 2013 there were 12 entries, so the odds of winning are quite high for an award of this size. The application deadline is 6:00 PM October 23, 2015.

The Environmental Leadership Program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. ELP is committed to selecting a class of Fellows that represents diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sector, sexual orientation, education levels, professional background, values and traditions, and environmental issue expertise.

G.A. Harris Instrumentation Fellowship Grant. The G.A. Harris Instrumentation Fellowship Grant, sponsored by Decagon Devices, provides six awards of $5,000 worth of Decagon research instruments to graduate students studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year the committee will be emphasizing studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring. Research topics might include, but are not limited to: organic crops studies, geotechnical hazard studies, and water balance studies. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program related to the environmental sciences, and must apply directly to Decagon Devices.

Graduate Women in Science Fellowships "Empowering Women in Science" This program has multiple fellowships and one application form. The committee matches the overall top-scoring applicants to the appropriate Fellowship awards based on scientific merit, fields of study and requested funding amounts. 

Graduate School Best Dissertation Current and former students who will have been awarded the Ph.D., or who will have successfully defended and officially submitted their dissertations to the Graduate School, between July 1, 2014 and April 15, 2016, will be eligible to be nominated.  Relevant graduate programs that offer the Ph.D. may nominate one student.

The Philip C. Hamm Memorial Scholarship Program is a nonrenewable scholarship of $2,000 available to currently registered graduate students in plant sciences and related disciplines. This is the most prestigious award in the plant sciences at the University of Minnesota. The award is highly competitive and recipients are usually in the advanced stages of a PhD program, often with multiple referred publications. Deadline for submission is typically in March.

The Howe Graduate Fund endows a scholarship award which will provide supplemental support for a graduate student. A student may be awarded a one- or multi-year support. This award is part of The Graduate School's 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment. Roy M. Howe was a leader in the development of the fertilizer industry in Minnesota. Together with his sons and family, he established the Howe Fertilizer and Agricultural Chemical Company--one of the first fertilizer manufacturers in the state. The Howes worked closely with vegetable growers and farmers, helping to improve potato production and crop yields. As leaders they began a relationship of mutual benefit with the University's Department of Soil, Water, and Climate over fourty years ago. In memory of Roy M. and Myrtle M. Howe, six siblings contributed to the William Larson Endowed Chair in Soil and Water Resources. The Howe Room in Borlaug Hall is dedicated to their memory.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship Program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. HHMI will award three-year fellowships to international students, for years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. Eligible biomedical-related fields include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology - as well as interdisciplinary research. Each fellow will receive an annual stipend of $30,000, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. The deadline is typically in the beginning of January.

2014 Hueg Harrison Fellowship recognizes the student/faculty mentoring relationship that evolves during an MS or PhD for students focusing on production (applied) agriculture. Eligible students should be pursuing an MS or PhD in LAAS focusing on Crop or Soil Management with at least one year completed. 

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) sponsors an annual series of fellowship competitions to support graduate students at the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities committed to the study of global change, especially as seen in the global south (particularly Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East) and in communities of color within North America. We count on your help in identifying outstanding current and prospective students in your departments for these fellowships.

Only those candidates who have been nominated by their department or program will be eligible. The deadline for receipt of nomination and application materials in ICGC is typically in January. Awards are announced in early March.

Third Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development is a conference open to graduate students working on or interested in issues related to sustainable development. It is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with similar graduate student researchers from other institutions. In particular, we hope to facilitate a network among students pursuing in-depth research across a range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, to generate a larger interdisciplinary discussion concerning sustainable development. If your research pertains to the field of sustainable development and the linkages between natural and social systems, we encourage you to apply regardless of disciplinary background. Deadline is typically in January.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF), administered on behalf of the Provost's Interdisciplinary Team, provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students doing interdisciplinary research, who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. Applicants designate the host center or institute they believe is the best match with their dissertation topic, contingent upon endorsement by the the host center or institute. Applicants should check with mentors and directors early to ensure a good match. The award includes a stipend of $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.

The competition is open to Ph.D. students, by application, with endorsement from the student's graduate program and faculty in the host center or institute. Successful applicants are likely to be students who are in at least the second year of their program at the time of application, and who are making timely degree progress. Students who have previously accepted a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship or an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship are not eligible. Deadline is typically in mid-November.

Funding for Interdisciplinary Graduate Groups: Minnesota Futures Grant Program In keeping with the OVPR’s strategic plan to address societal challenges, the MN Futures Grant Program is designed to promote research and scholarship beyond existing initiatives through fostering opportunities for researchers to cross disciplinary and professional boundaries. The program is designed to promote in-depth work to enable faculty members to respond collaboratively and boldly to emerging opportunities in interdisciplinary research and scholarship.

The Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) occasionally provides MMIGG Dissertation Proposal Scholarships and for Mixed Methods Research Scholarships. Proposals are due typically in mid-March.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship was created in support of advanced doctoral candidates in a variety of fields, including education and the social sciences. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation assists high-achieving low-income students, from middle school to graduate school, in reaching their full potential through education. The Foundation created the dissertation fellowships to advance their understanding of the factors and contexts that help low-income students to overcome personal adversity and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically in order to design programs and interventions that will help more low-income students identified as high-achieving in their primary and secondary school years to sustain their achievement levels through college and beyond. The fellowship is a one-time award of up to $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than nine months and up to 18 months. Please note that although the dissertation topic concerns education and human potential, graduate study may be in a diverse range of academic disciplines. Although applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, they need not be US citizens. Links to the application requirements and guidelines are posted on their website

The James Smithsonian Fellowship Program opportunity combines scholarship with policy applications. It is a program that will draw upon the Smithsonian's vast resources as well as its organized networks in Washington and beyond. The James Smithson Fellowship Program is open to post-doctoral students in the fields of science, the humanities and the arts. Fellows will work in one of the subject areas defined by the Smithsonian strategic plan's four grand challenges: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, and Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe. Specific fellowships will be tailored to each individual's interests, field and talents. Policy-focused activities will take them beyond their scholarly research to work with other federal, national and international agencies and organizations.

Juran Fellowship Award DOCTORAL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE JURAN FELLOWSHIP AWARD through the Carlson School of Management. The $10,000 fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral student whose thesis research contributes to the study of process excellence and quality in their field. Research should meet the highest standards of scholarship and focus on important problems that impact society. The deadline is typically in early July.

Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program: This prestigious fellowship was established by Monsanto in 2009 in honor of two of the world's most pre-eminent rice and wheat breeders: Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug. Their lifelong work laid the foundation for the tremendous increases in rice and wheat production that continue to help feed the world today.The goal of this program is to: (1) aid in the development of highly educated rice and wheat breeders who can serve as future leaders in the field of agriculture and (2) provide opportunities for young scientists to experience the important work and mission of public sector research institutions, particularly in developing countries.  All application materials must be submitted in English electronically by the student's major professor (graduate advisor) at the university where he/she is applying for the Ph.D. in rice or wheat breeding. For more information on applying, click here.

Dr. Nancy Barceló Scholarship assists University of Minnesota women students with financial need in completing their education at the University, with a special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students. Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló served the University of Minnesota as the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, and is currently the President of Northern New Mexico College. Once the only Chicana student at the University of Iowa, Rusty has since become one of the nation's most highly respected authorities on equity and diversity in higher education. Deadline is usually the 1st Friday in June.

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program requires a GPA of 2.8, United States Citizenship or permanent residency, and be either a low-income, first generation college student, or a member of an underrepresented group. All McNair projects must provide the following activities: opportunities for research or other scholarly activities; summer internships; seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study; tutoring; academic counseling; and activities designed to assist students participating in the project in securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs.

Fulbright Program: The purpose of the Fulbright program is to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Approximately 1,900 Grants are available to over 140 countries. The award includes monthly stipends based on living costs in the host country, supplemental health and accident insurance, and book and research allowances. Round-trip transportation is also provided.  Applications are available at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants. Students pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Minnesota must apply through the Graduate School Fellowship Office, 314 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant St. S.E., (612) 625-7579. 

NASA-Supported Internships, Fellowship and Scholarships

The National Corn Growers Association and chemical company BASF Corporation awards five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2016. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana, to be recognized at the NCGA Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location. Deadline is typically in November.

National Research Council (NRC) Fellowships are various predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awarded on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Science & Engineering Workforce Development Grants: The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) is now accepting applications for its Science and Engineering Workforce Development Grant (WDG). The grant program offers tuition funding, monthly stipend, internship funding, and travel funding for graduate students studying fields related to Homeland Security. As part of a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCFPD's WDG provides grant funding for two graduate students (Masters or Doctoral level). To learn more and apply, click here.

Thesis Research Travel Grants include two types of awards- Domestic and International. The Domestic Thesis Research Travel Grant is a maximum award of $2,500 available to support thesis research outside of the applicant's area of residence and the International Thesis Research Travel Grant is a maximum award of $5,000 available for extended travel to conduct thesis research abroad. Applicant must be registered in a Ph.D. or D.M.A. program at the University of Minnesota and must have passed the oral preliminary examination by the application deadline. A typical budget generally includes transportation, lodging outside area of residence, and expenses for fieldwork. Applicants are expected to have exhausted other potential sources for travel funds and to indicate if they have partial funding toward the travel from grants on or beyond campus, including those grants that are under consideration. Application must be submitted electronically, Deadline is December 8, 2015, at Noon.

Torske Klubben Fellowship for Minnesota Residents funds University of Minnesota graduate fellowships for Norwegian citizens, as well as Minnesota residents who have an interest in or connection with Norway and/or its culture. The overarching goal of the fellowship program is supporting future leaders. Deadline is 12 noon, February 22, 2016

University of Minnesota Endowed Fellowships are supported by endowed income from wills and trusts, or gifts from organizations or individuals. Recipients are expected to register for credit in the Graduate School during the tenure of the award. Available only to currently enrolled graduate students. Deadline is typically in the beginning of November (if deadline falls on a weekend, then the following Monday).

USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program provides sponsorship opportunities for students to attend USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum, which provides producers, policymakers, business, government, and industry leaders with a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss timely issues at the forefront of America's agriculture. Please note that there are separate selection criteria for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships: The GPS Alliance will offer 16 Judd Fellowships of $2,500 each to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad.