IMPORTANT NOTE: The information on this website is for research-based graduate programs only. Information regarding the Provost's Professional Diversity Fellowship can be found here. For a list of graduate and professional programs, please refer to the Provost's website.

What is the DOVE Fellowship? 

The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship Program seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences as suggested in the review/selection consideration list. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that have been underrepresented in their graduate programs.

Approximately 18 fellowships are available. The award includes a stipend of $25,000, academic-year tuition at the general graduate rate for up to 14 credits per semester, subsidized health insurance, and dental care for the academic year and for summer 2023. Note: Fellows are responsible for all other fees or charges and tuition beyond 14 credits (general graduate rate).

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Frequently Asked Questions about the DOVE

When is the DOVE Fellowship nomination deadline?

February 4, 2022

Can I apply directly for the DOVE Fellowship?

No. You must be nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in your prospective graduate program(s). Contact the graduate program directly and request to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship

Who is eligible to be a nominee for the DOVE Fellowship?

U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, students lawfully in the United States on a non-temporary basis, and MN Dream Act students entering a graduate program at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year may be nominated. Students who have already earned a terminal degree are not eligible (such as M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D. etc.). Students need not have been admitted at the time of nomination, but they must have applied and be admissible under the graduate program’s standards. Recipients must be admitted to a graduate program as a degree-seeking student by Fall semester 2021.

Nominees MUST be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, students lawfully in the United States on a non-temporary basis, and MN Dream Act students entering a graduate program at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the 2022-2023 academic year (entering Fall term). Students pursuing either the master's or doctoral degree in research-based programs may be nominated. Students with terminal degrees are not eligible (such as M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., etc.). Nominee can hold a master's degree from another institution.

How can I verify if an applicant is a MN Dream Act student?

Programs should verify with the applicant directly if they have received the MN Dream Act. This information isn't reported to the University until after students have been admitted.

Are International students eligible to be nominated for the DOVE fellowship?

No, international students are not eligible to be nominated for the DOVE. Only students who are lawfully in the United States on a non-temporary basis can be nominated.

What is the DOVE Fellowship definition of diversity of views and experiences?

The DOVE Fellowship seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the graduate programs.

Who nominates prospective students to the DOVE Fellowship?

The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in the prospective graduate program. Student may contact the graduate program directly and request to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship.

Is there a limit of the number of nominations per program?

Graduate programs are limited to two (2) nominations among their most qualified prospective students.

Can prospective students nominate themselves?

Students may not nominate themselves. Only the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in the prospective graduate program can nominate students. Contact the graduate program directly and request to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship.

What do prospective students need to write for the Diversity Statement?

The graduate program will ask nominees to write a narrative statement (no longer than two pages) that identifies the distinctive characteristics and/or life experiences, such as successfully overcoming obstacles or hardships, that you would bring to your graduate program and how that could contribute to the education and enhanced perspective of fellow students at the University of Minnesota.

What are the review and selection considerations?

An interdepartmental faculty committee reviews all nominations. Selection considerations include:

  • Evidence that the nominee has achieved academic success while overcoming substantial educational or economic obstacles
  • The nominee’s demonstrated experience with, or commitment to, serving or working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations
  • Evidence that the nominee’s background, experiences and achievements will contribute to the -University’s goal of promoting excellence through diversity
  • The extent and level of the nominee’s preparation, suitability, and high academic potential for the proposed graduate program
  • The strength of the nominee’s goals/career statement
  • The level of commitment by the nominating graduate program to fund the student beyond the first year and to provide support for participation in the Summer Institute as well as research and conference travel
  • The overall effectiveness of the nominating program’s presentation

Should transcripts and GRE scores be submitted?

NO. Nomination of a student for a DOVE Fellowship is a formal statement that the nominee is expected to excel in their graduate program. The primary purpose of the Graduate School review is to assess the student’s ability to add substantively to the diversity of views and experiences in graduate education.

Does the DOVE Fellowship nomination guarantee admission?

The nomination does NOT guarantee admission. In order to be admitted to The Graduate School, the official admission notification must come from The Graduate School Admissions Office.

How competitive is the DOVE Fellowship?

It is competitive. For example, last year we received approximately 100 nominations. Please note, graduate programs are limited to two (2) nominations among their most qualified students. This year, approximately 18 DOVE Fellowships will be awarded.

What is the length and monetary value of the DOVE Fellowship?

The DOVE Fellowship, a one year fellowship, has an approximate value of $47,000 (which includes a $25,000 stipend, tuition and health insurance).

What additional support is provided by the graduate program?

A DOVE fellow may also elect to participate in the Summer Institute experience. If a DOVE fellow chooses to participate, the graduate program receiving the DOVE will cover the cost of the stipend ($4,000) for the DOVE fellow and provide an appropriate research or educational experience for the summer. Graduate programs will also commit a minimum of $1,000 to support the participation of the DOVE fellow in research/conference travel.

What is the DOVE/McNair Scholar Fellowship?

At least two of the DOVE Fellowships will be awarded to McNair Scholars. McNair Scholars make ideal candidates for the fellowship.

Can a student be nominated by more than one graduate program for the DOVE Fellowship?

Yes, a student may be nominated by ALL graduate programs to which they applied.

Can a graduate program have more than one DOVE Fellowship recipient?

Yes, there are several programs that have had more than one DOVE Fellowship recipient during a given year. Graduate programs can nominate up to two (2) students.

When will the Graduate Programs be notified of the DOVE Fellowship decisions?

Every effort will be made to inform the Graduate Programs of the results by early March.

Further Information

For further information please contact Graduate School Diversity Office.