Fellowships & Grants

The Institute on the Environment supports transformative work toward solving global grand challenges through graduate fellowships and grants.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

IonE hosts Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF) for graduate students whose dissertation work spans disciplinary boundaries. These fellowships are sponsored by the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

If you are a graduate student interested in applying through IonE for an IDF, please contact Lewis Gilbert and April Snyder. Please include the Letter of Support from your IonE affiliated faculty mentor, as outlined here. To be considered for an endorsement from IonE, your request should be received no later than October 24, 2014.

Resident Fellowships

This program provides flexible funds for scholars to engage in innovative research and problem solving and pursue leadership training. Resident fellowships are open to faculty on all University of Minnesota campuses.

Project Grants

IonE Project Grants (formerly known as Discovery Grants) help highly innovative, world-class research activities get off the ground with a one-time investment of venture capital funding. We look for projects that will make a transformative difference in interdisciplinary research and discovery.

Mini Grants

IonE Mini Grants help spur new collaborations by providing small amounts of funding (from $500 to $3,000, with average grants of $1,500), administrative support (including organizing and staffing meetings) and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.) to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students from across the University of Minnesota system. The grants are meant to encourage collaboration across disciplines, units and campuses.

The Fall 2014 Mini Grants competition is open. Proposals, using the required template, should be submitted electronically by midnight on Oct. 26. Download the RFP.