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ICGC Scholar Fellowships

ICGC Scholar Fellowships support outstanding students who are clearly committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change. We encourage departmental nomination of exceptionally capable students, especially but not only from the global south and U.S. communities of color.


To be considered for an ICGC Scholar Fellowship, applicants must:
  1. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree
  2. Have applied and been admitted to a graduate or professional degree program at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota in the following categories:
    • doctoral programs in the Colleges of Biological Sciences; Education and Human Development; Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences; Liberal Arts; the School of Public Health or the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 
    • master’s programs in the School of Public Health as well as from the intercollegiate Master of Development Practice and Master of Human Rights programs. 
  3. Receive a nomination for these fellowships by the program, department or college in which they will be enrolled

In reviewing nominees ICGC gives priority to students with academic interests related to global change, with a focus on the global south; potential for scholarly excellence; and a commitment to interdisciplinary work.

Award Description

Awards vary in amount, duration, and format for the first year of study. Transportation costs to Minnesota are not covered. The student's home department typically guarantees 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. Upon successful completion of all coursework and of oral and written doctoral qualifying examinations, research year support is provided through a combination of ICGC dissertation research support and/or home department research support.

In addition, recipients of ICGC Scholar Fellowships who are in Ph.D. programs are eligible to enter a competition for ICGC Pre-Dissertation Research Grants to undertake preliminary exploratory travel to the area of their proposed dissertation research. Students pursuing professional master’s degrees (and in some cases, students pursuing the Ph.D.) are eligible to apply for ICGC International Internship Awards to help defray costs of international travel and housing if they choose to intern with an organization working on global issues. 

As an integral part of their award, all fellowship recipients participate in the interdisciplinary seminars offered each year by ICGC and designed specifically for them. ICGC Scholars are required to enroll in these courses for credit; the courses partially fulfill requirements for the Ph.D. Minor in Development Studies and Social Change. Students have the opportunity to present their own research and interests in informal seminars and also meet in weekly gatherings with other ICGC Scholars and faculty as well as to participate in ICGC research and scholarly activities.

Application Process

Deadline: February 7, 2022 4pm 

Please note: Applicants must be nominated by their departments to be considered for fellowship. If prospective students wish to be considered for a fellowship, they may request that their admitting department/program nominates them for the ICGC fellowship. Prospective fellows may make this request by following the process outlined below:

  1. Send a completed Request for Departmental Nomination form along with your application for admission to graduate study to the department or school of intended enrollment (generally before mid-December). Note: This form is to be sent directly to your academic department or professional school of your intended registration along with your application for admission to their graduate program.

*Electronic submission is required for the 2022 competition. For Alternative formats, requests can be made to icgc@umn.edu or 612-624-0832.