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DGS Information

Guidelines for ICGC Graduate Fellowship Competition

Deadline: 4:30pm, Monday, January 30, 2017

For the 2017 ICGC Scholar competition, *partner college DGS’ may nominate: 

  • up to six candidates for ICGC Scholar Fellowships of which can include up to three ICGC-Mellon Scholar Fellowships. (ICGC encourages departments to nominate a diverse range of students including students from the global south and groups underrepresented in graduate education)
  • The majority of funding supports doctoral students. Because we offer a small number of fellowships for master's students, we limit the total number of nominations for master’s students to eight per college.

*ICGC Partner Colleges: Colleges of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences; Biological Sciences; Liberal Arts; Education and Human Development; or the School of Public Health or the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Submission Process:

To nominate a student for an ICGC Scholar/ICGC Mellon Scholar Fellowship:

DGS must nominate an admitted student to be considered for this fellowship. For each prospective student, departments must use the ApplyYourself  (AY) system to nominate no later than 4:30pm on January 30, 2017.  Note for SPH nominators: Because SPH does not use the AY system, we ask you to follow this process.

Steps to Nominate via AY:

  • Look up nominee in AY and select name
  • In the "View Full Application" box on the right, click Application for Graduate Admission
  • Once you see the drop down list of choices, select Fellowship Nomination
  • Within the Fellowship Nomination box, there are three prompts:
    1. Indicate the program you are nominating for (ICGC Scholar or ICGC-Mellon Scholar),
    2. Upload the required DGS nomination letter explaining how the student's intellectual interests fit well with the objectives and interests of ICGC, and
    3. Upload a 2-3 page personal statement from the applicant (if available)* concerning his/her experience and interest in issues central to the ICGC fellowship program. Please note that the ICGC-specific personal statement is not required, but can provide additional helpful information.
  • Note, you must click SAVE (either top or bottom right) after you have completed this box.

The nomination process may be initiated either by prospective fellows or by departments - but end path must be via AY submission by DGS. 

Note: If prospective students wish to be considered for a fellowship, they must request that their admitting department/program nominates them for the ICGC fellowship. Prospective fellows may make this request by submitting a Request for Department Nomination form to their admitting department/program.  They should also submit a Notification of Interest form to ICGC.  The materials ICGC distributes to interested individuals include both of these forms to facilitate identification of potential candidates. 

*If students request nomination (from their department) by sending a notification of interest form to ICGC, they will have attached a personal statement to that form and can provide a copy to the DGS.  If the department nominates candidates who have not themselves requested nomination, it is very helpful to request a personal statement if time permits.  

Notification Process:

ICGC will begin to contact the Directors of Graduate Studies for those departments with successful applicants in late February or early March. Please be aware that our fellowship awards process continues if fellowships are declined in the initial round. Therefore, notification timeline for alternates can and typically does stretch over several weeks – leading into April in some cases.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ICGC at icgc@umn.edu.