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Endowed Fellowships (Apply Directly)

What Are Endowed Fellowships? 

These fellowships are supported by endowed income from wills and trusts, or gifts from organizations or individuals. Recipients are expected to register for credit in the Graduate School during the tenure of the award. These endowed fellowships are vailable only to currently enrolled graduate students.

The deadline to apply to endowed fellowships is noon (CST), Friday, November 8, 2019.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Fellowships Office.

Which Endowed Fellowships Are Available? 

The Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship is for doctoral students pursuing well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research. Students may propose a program of research, such as that which would lead to a dissertation, or course of study in which the major focus will be film. The film study program does not support film production projects. Funding includes $25,000 for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance for the academic year. Summer health insurance will be provided if the Fellow remains eligible. Up to three awards are available for 2020-21.

Who Is Eligible? 

Students must be registered for credit in a Ph.D. program and must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota at the time of application. Students are ineligible for a second award.

How Do I Apply? 

Applicants for the Leonard Film fellowship can complete the application electronically.

See below for additional instructions which may be helpful when completing the application.

Education Statement (Download form)

Research Project Statement

  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.  Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).
  • Include a working title for your research project at the top of the proposal.
  • After the title, begin the statement with a 100-word abstract describing the extent to which your research centers on film, and its potential contribution to film scholarship.
  • Your research plan should describe the work already completed, the current status of the project, and whether or not it is to form the basis of your dissertation.
  • If your research is part of a larger group project, be specific about your role and independent contribution.
  • Explain how your research will be completed if this request is not funded or if other needed funds are not forthcoming.

The Frieda M. Kunze Fellowship is for doctoral students conducting research in biochemistry, chemistry, or biomedical science.

Funding includes $25,000 for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance for the academic year. Summer health insurance will be provided if the Fellow remains eligible. Up to two awards are available for 2020-21.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible to be nominated for the Kunze Fellowship, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements:

  • Nominee is registered for credit in a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota,
  • Nominee has completed at least one year of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota,
  • Nominee must be pursuing a degree in a graduate program primarily focused on biochemical, chemical, or biomedical science.
  • Nominee has not received a Kunze Fellowship from the Graduate School in the past.  

How Do I Apply?

Applicants for the Kunze fellowship can complete the application electronically 

See below for additional instructions which may be helpful when completing the application.

Download Education Statement Form

Research Project Statement

  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins. Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).
  • Include a working title for your research project at the top of the proposal.
  • After the title, begin the statement with a 100-word abstract describing your research and its potential contribution to your field of study.
  • Your research plan should describe the work already completed, the current status of the project, and whether or not it is to form the basis of your dissertation.
  • If your research is part of a larger group project, be specific about your role and independent contribution.