Fellowship Resources

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The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) seeks to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of faculty and students committed to studying global change, especially as seen in the Global South and in communities of color within North America. As part of that commitment, ICGC faculty, staff, and scholars have compiled resources that help address issues of peace, international cooperation and conflict, security, social and environmental change, human rights, and justice.

Gender and Sexuality 

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) has led the fight for fair pay and economic opportunity for women. It is a nonpartisan organization that aims to remove the barriers and biases that stand in the way of gender equity through trainings to negotiate pay and benefits and to pursue leadership roles. They also advocate for federal, state, and local laws and policies that ensure equity and end discrimination. 
  • Steven J. Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies provides funding to support academic initiatives in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota. Steven J. Schochet, a UMN alumnus, was an openly gay student in the late 1950s who received harassment from students, faculty, and staff members. Schochet was threatened with expulsion from the University because of his identity. In order to continue his education, he was required to undergo psychotherapy to “turn him straight.” The fellowship, named after Schochet, highlights the important work being done in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota and beyond by offering a full-year Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies for Ph.D candidates at the University of Minnesota. 
  • University of Minnesota’s Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department provides a space where research, education, and social change go hand in hand. GWSS identifies, analyzes, and challenges structural inequalities, while imagining and creating just and transformative futures for all. 

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture 

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 

International Studies 

  • American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) was formed to further the knowledge of India in the U.S. by supporting American scholarship on India. This program encourages the production and engagement with scholarship on India, and promotes and advances mutual understanding between citizens of the U.S. and India. 
  • Dr. Kim Foundation Fellowships & Grants provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in modern East Asia, regardless of their nationality, origins, or gender. Three post-doctoral fellowships are awarded annually ($55,000 each) to a distinguished young scholar who has received their doctoral degree in the past five years. Three or four dissertation fellowships (up to $25,000 each) will be awarded annually to Ph.D candidates who intend to finish their dissertations within 1-2 years. 
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowships from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Global Studies offer fellowships in African, Asian, and International Studies. The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students to study a modern, less-commonly-taught language (LCTL) in combination with area studies courses. There are three distinct competitions: African Studies, Asian Studies, and International Studies. 
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923 that fosters innovative research and supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about U.S. Indigenous or non-U.S. cultures and societies. 
  • Social Science Research Council Fellowships provide funding to researchers around the globe who target specific problems and promote individual and institutional change, as well as expand networks. 

Education and Humanities 

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, offering grants in four core program areas: Arts and Culture, Higher Learning, Humanities in Place, and Public Knowledge. Through their grants, they seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. 
  • American Bar Foundation Fellowships Program in Law & Inequality annually supports one pre-doctoral fellowship. The ABF is committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of law and social science. The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage original and significant empirical and interdisciplinary research on the study of law and inequality. Fellows receive a stipend of $35,000 per year for up to two academic years (24 months). 
  • American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) supports the creation and circulation of knowledge that advances understanding of humanity and human endeavors in the past, present, and future. They make resources available to scholars and strengthen the infrastructure for scholarship at the level of the individual scholar, the department, the institution, the learned society, and the national and international network. 
  • Humanities and Social Sciences online (H-Net) is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet. Their edited networks publish peer-reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussions for colleagues and the interested public.
  • National Science Foundation Fellowships provide funding for graduate, undergraduate, postdoctoral, K-12 educators, and other researchers primarily in the areas of science. 
  • The Spencer Foundation provides funding for education-focused research projects, research training fellowships, and additional field-building initiatives. Their mission is to investigate how education can be improved in the world. 
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School administers a number of University-wide fellowship grants for currently enrolled students, based on academic merit. In addition, the Graduate School Fellowship Office coordinates the application process for Fulbright Awards, supports the University’s recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and manages the Bridging Funds program to supplement external fellowships.


External funding list from the Community of Scholars Program