Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships - Application Process

IonE is pleased to announce that we will collaborate with the Graduate School to support Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows in 2012-2013.

Graduate School Application Instructions

Students interested in applying for an IonE-based IDF for 2012-13 should review the Graduate School's instructions.

IonE Application Instructions

Note that preliminary applications are due to IonE by January 16, 2012.

The Graduate School will award a limited number (approximately 10) of one-year Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDFs) for 2012-13 to outstanding graduate students with interdisciplinary dissertation topics who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. IonE welcomes applications from students pursuing interdisciplinary environmental research.

IonE-based graduate fellows *must* work in resident at the Institute, participate in IonE graduate training programs and seminars, and be co-supervised by an IonE Resident Fellow faculty member.

Applicants are required to submit their entire application packet (minus the letter of support from IonE's Director) directly to IonE by January 16, 2012. IonE will then select applications to send forward, and will attach letters of support accordingly.

Application to IonE should consist of:

  1. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship application form.
  2. A three-page statement (double-spaced, 12 point type, margins not less than one inch)
    • describe the proposed interdisciplinary research or scholarly project
    • explain how the applicant’s scholarship will benefit from residence at IonE
    • (if the application is for a two-year award) provide justification for two years of support
  3. A CV that includes documentation of the applicant’s involvement in, or contributions to, research (e.g., publications, abstracts, presentations at professional conferences or university seminars).
  4. Letter(s) of support from the faculty member(s) who are involved with IonE as a Resident Fellow or Discovery Grant PI with whom applicant’s plan to study. Only IonE faculty that are Resident Fellows or Discovery Grant PIs are eligible to serve as IonE mentors. Associate Fellows are not eligible.
  5. A letter of support from the applicant’s major program academic adviser/co-advisers.
  6. A letter of support from the Director of Graduate Studies of the applicant’s major program; the DGS's letter may focus principally on the quality of the applicant’s overall academic record and scholarly potential.
  7. Transcripts from each college or university attended (photocopies are acceptable, including the University of Minnesota transcript, available online at
  8. An up-to-date copy of the applicant’s official degree program form, if one has been filed.

Applications must be submitted via email. Submit all of the above as a SINGLE attached PDF to IonE ( by midnight Monday, January 16, 2012. Please include “Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship” in the subject line.

IonE will make its review and notify applicants of decisions by January 30, 2012. IonE will supply a completed PDF application, including the letter of support from IonE Director Jon Foley, to successful applicants (and their Director of Graduate Studies) in advance of the Graduate School's February 1 deadline.

In addition to the selection criteria listed by the Graduate School, IonE review will consider how each applicant would benefit from residence in IonE's interdisciplinary intellectual community and how IonE would benefit from each applicant’s residence.

Please direct questions to Jon Foley at