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ICGC Fellowships


ICGC offers fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Nominees should have backgrounds and interests that identify them as outstanding students who are clearly committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change. We encourage nomination of exceptionally capable students, especially but not only from the global south and groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

ICGC Scholar Fellowships are for incoming students and typically give first-and often fourth-year fellowship support. The student's home department is expected to guarantee support in the form of 50% teaching or research assistantships in the second and third years of study, and tuition and health insurance benefits for four years. Please note that consideration for ICGC Scholar Fellowships will only be given to candidates nominated by their academic departments and that award terms vary.

ICGC- Mellon Scholar Fellowships support graduate students whose research interests emphasize humanistic and interpretive social science perspectives. Additionally, nominees are expected to conduct their dissertation research in Southern Africa. The fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and are a collaboration between ICGC and the Center for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

For information and application materials for graduate study at the University of Minnesota, please check the University’s website and the links there to various colleges, schools and departments.

ICGC Objectives

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.  It addresses issues of peace, international cooperation and conflict, security, social and environmental change, human rights and justice. Research and education encouraged by the Center focus on four broad dimensions of contemporary world society:  global governance and transnational norms; environmental sustainability and social justice; war and peace in historical context; and the production, performance and representation of identities.  Study of these issues may include local, national and transnational dimensions.

The Center fosters cross-disciplinary and faculty-student collaboration, and organizes interdisciplinary faculty-student seminars and workshop series for fellowship holders around major theoretical, comparative and methodological issues related to the global south. Scholars, policy makers and activists address contemporary international developments in formal lectures and informal discussion series open to the public.  In addition, ICGC offers a graduate minor in Development Studies and Social Change (DSSC).

The deadline for departments to submit ICGC Scholar nominations is 4:00 pm on February 7, 2022.

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