Competitive Graduate Research Fellowships

Political Science graduate students may apply for the fellowships listed below by Monday, April 19, 2021. These fellowships are made possible thanks to generous donations to the program; the GRPP and DEI Research Fellowships are funded by the College of Liberal Arts. 

If you are applying for the GRPP, DEI or Dickinson fellowships, please note that at the start of your research proposal.

The Graduate Work Committee (GWC) will determine the recipients, based upon the selection criteria below and the specific conditions listed for each fellowship. Students will be notified of decisions by the second week in May 2021.

Students at any stage in the program may apply for these funds. Those in earlier years may have a specific pre-dissertation research project in mind, or want to acquire a specific research or professionalization tool with a faculty mentor. Several fellowships (e.g. Dickinson) are geared toward students in more advanced years. Consult with your advisor.

Students in Years 1-5 receiving one of these awards will still receive their $7,500 summer fellowship.

General Conditions:

  • Funds will be disbursed through the payroll system shortly after July 1, 2021.
  • Funds must be used by the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2022). 
  • Since international travel is still restricted due to the pandemic, we understand that any planned travel dates outlined in proposals may need to be adjusted.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase hardware or equipment.  
  • Additional conditions may be outlined with the specific fellowship below. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Students must be in good academic standing in the department, as defined by progress toward degree and academic performance; 
  • Strength of proposal, including relevance of activity to student’s research and progress toward degree;
  • Advisor support of the project;
  • Additional criteria may be outlined with the specific fellowship below.

The application form for all fellowships is available here.

NOTE: A paragraph or letter of support from your advisor will need to be emailed to the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC), Jessie Eastman (pdgs@umn.edu), when you complete the application. The letter should demonstrate your advisor's approval of and support for your research project.  

Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship (GRPP)

The College of Liberal Arts provides funds to programs for summer research partnerships between Political Science faculty and graduate students. The GRPP provides a fellowship stipend to qualified graduate students to support their scholarly and professional development while collaborating with a faculty mentor. The faculty mentor does not need to be your advisor, and can be a faculty member from outside the Political Science program. Since the fellowship has a mentoring component, the strongest applications often come from students who are completing their second or third year in the program. The selection criteria include a preference for new projects under the mentorship of UMN faculty.

  • Specifically, what can the GRPP be used for?
    • Any research project working with a faculty mentor
    • Working with a faculty mentor on a specific collaborative project (e.g. writing a research paper for review for publication in a peer-reviewed journal)
    • Survey work, under the guidance of a faculty mentor
    • Archival or field research, under the guidance of a faculty mentor
    • Language study in the U.S. or abroad, under the guidance of a faculty mentor
    • Attending a research methods institute (e.g. ICPSR, IQMR, etc.), under the guidance of a faculty mentor

Specific Conditions:

  • Maximum award of $4,000;
  • Students may receive the GRPP Fellowship a maximum of one time. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Research Fellowship

The DEI Research Fellowship follows the Graduate School’s articulation of diversity (viewpoints and experiences): the Graduate School defines diversity as the “inclusion of individuals with differing backgrounds and experiences derived from, e.g., different ethnicities, gender identities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, veteran status, and/or disabilities.” 

Applications must meet one or both of the following criteria by addressing how the fellowship would:

  1. Support the applicant’s pursuit of scholarship that surfaces questions, views, and perspectives that have been historically marginalized within academic and institutional structures by providing structured mentoring from faculty with relevant expertise.
  2. Enhance the graduate education experience of an applicant with diverse viewpoints and experiences and/or from historically marginalized groups by facilitating support from, and engagement with, faculty mentors. 

The faculty mentor does not need to be your advisor, and can be a faculty member from outside the Political Science program. Students are encouraged to seek out faculty with whom a mentoring relationship would support the fellowship’s DEI focus. Applications are not limited by the subfield of your project. 

Specific Conditions:

  • One award of $8,000 for Summer 2021.

Claggett Graduate Research Fellowship

Please note: the Claggett Graduate Research Fellowship will be distributed differently for Summer 2021. More information will be forthcoming via email.  

The Claggett Graduate Research Fellowship is for students in any subfield entering the program Fall 2017 and later. It may be used to support either pre-dissertation research tools (language coursework, ICPSR, IQMR, etc.) or dissertation research (archival, field research, surveys, software, etc). 

Specific Conditions:

  • Award amounts are dependent upon the number of applicants in a given year and the budgets requested; 
  • Students may receive the Claggett Research Fellowship a maximum of two times; 
  • Students will be expected to complete a letter of thanks to the donor(s) when receiving this fellowship. 

Efimenco Graduate Research Fellowship

Please note: the Efimenco Graduate Research Fellowship will be distributed differently for Summer 2021. More information will be forthcoming via email.

The Efimenco Graduate Research Fellowship is for students in any subfield entering the program Fall 2017 and later. It may be used to support either pre-dissertation research tools (language coursework, ICPSR, IQMR, etc.) or dissertation research (archival, field research, surveys, software, etc). 

Specific Conditions:

  • Award amounts are dependent upon the number of applicants in a given year and the budgets requested; 
  • Students may receive the Efimenco Research fellowship a maximum of two times.

Duvall Fellowship in International Relations

The Duvall Fellowship in International Relations is to support graduate students conducting basic research in the field of international relations. The fellowship is open to all first field IR students in the program. 

Specific Conditions:

  • One award per year; award amount will depend upon available funds (for Summer 2021 the award is $2000);
  • Students may receive the Duvall Fellowship a maximum of one time; 
  • Students will be expected to complete a letter of thanks to the donor(s) when receiving this fellowship.

Ornstein Fellowship in American Politics

The Ornstein Fellowship in American Politics is to support graduate students who research focuses on addressing contemporary problems with American political institutions. Priority will be to students focusing on institutions and/or policy. 

Specific Conditions:

  • One award per year; award amount will depend upon available funds (for Summer 2021 the award is $3000);
  • Students may receive the Ornstein Fellowship a maximum of one time; 
  • Students will be expected to complete a letter of thanks to the donor(s) when receiving this fellowship.

Andrew Dickinson Memorial Fellowship

The Andrew Dickinson Memorial Fellowship provides funds for graduate students to conduct short-term doctoral research abroad. In keeping with the scholarly and compassionate spirit of Andrew Dickinson’ life and work and the donors' wishes, preference will be given to students of political theory who share Andrew’s commitment to connect political theory with practice. If the first preference cannot be met, secondary preference will be given more broadly to students who share Andrew's concern with an ethical conception of international politics that is innovative and responsive to concerns of power and oppression on all scales.

Specific Conditions:

  • The research proposal submitted for the Dickinson Memorial Fellowship should also contain a brief description of the doctoral research project as a whole; a detailed description of why research abroad is necessary for the project; and a timeline for conducting the research abroad. The description should provide as much detail as possible regarding the research the student plans to undertake (e.g., archival research, interviews, participatory research);
  • Awards are $6,000;
  • Students will be expected to complete a letter of thanks to the donor(s) when receiving this fellowship.