What is the DOVE Fellowship?

The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship Program seeks to assist graduate research 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. 

The DOVE Fellowship Program is administered jointly by the Graduate School Fellowship Office and the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO). The work of the GSDO encompasses recruitment, funding, retention, advocacy, and education of students from underrepresented communities. The GSDO prioritizes domestic graduate students who identify as Indigenous (including eligible persons under the Jay Treaty) and/or People of Color, inclusive of their intersectional identities, who have been historically excluded in graduate education. The GSDO operates the DOVE Fellowship within its pillar of Outreach & Recruitment.

Programs are strongly encouraged to consider students from groups that have been underrepresented in their graduate programs.


The submission deadline for 2023-24 award has passed and applications/nominations are currently being reviewed. Programs will be notified in mid-March of award decisions.

What is the award?

The DOVE fellowship is a $25,000 stipend, academic year tuition at the general graduate rate for up to 14 credits per semester, subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan for up to one calendar year, option to attend the GSDO Summer Institute (includes $4,000 stipend and health insurance coverage), and a minimum of $1,000 for research/conference travel funding.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • The DOVE fellowship is for incoming/prospective Master's and PhD students in research-based programs.
  • Eligible graduate programs include master’s or doctoral research-based programs.
  • Applicants to a Professional Program should apply to the Provost’s Professional Education Diversity Fellowship.
  • U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, prospective students lawfully in the U.S. on a non-temporary basis, and MN Dream Act students.
  • Graduate program applicants entering the University of Minnesota for the first time in the 2023-24 academic year.
  • Applicants who have already earned a terminal degree are NOT eligible.
  • If selected, the recipient must be admitted to the nominating graduate research program as a degree-seeking student by Fall semester 2023.
  • At least two (2) DOVE Fellowships will be awarded to McNair Scholars.

Important note on eligibility

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


    What are the application requirements?

    1. DGS Questionnaire
    2. Nominee’s Personal Statement from graduate program application
    3. Nominee’s Diversity Statement from graduate program application

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who nominates prospective students to the DOVE Fellowship?

    The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in the prospective graduate program. Applicants may contact the graduate program directly and request to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship. Applicants may NOT self-nominate or apply directly.

    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 is not 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.

    Students under the Jay Treaty are eligible to apply to the DOVE Fellowship.

    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.

    What are the review and selection considerations?

    An interdepartmental faculty committee reviews all nominations and selects award recipients. This rubric is used in review and for discussion.

    Does the DOVE Fellowship 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?

    The DOVE Fellowship is competitive. Approximately 100 applications are received each year, and approximately 20-30% are awarded fellowship offers.

    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) and summer health insurance coverage (approx. $700) 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 during their degree program (can be used outside of the DOVE Fellowship year).

    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 apply.

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

    Yes, graduate programs can have more than one DOVE Fellowship recipient. Each program can nominate up to only two (2) students.

    DOVE Emergency Funding

    Administered through the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO), within the Graduate School, the DOVE Emergency Funding program is intended to increase retention of graduate students from underrepresented populations by supporting those students who face unanticipated financial hardship that would likely impact or hinder degree completion. The funding is a short-term, one-time award of up to $1,500, which does not cover recurring expenses and does not require repayment.

    Additional information, including eligibility and application requirements, can be found at this link.

    ADDITIONAL Information

    DOVE Travel Funds

    The DOVE Fellowship Program includes a travel program. The fellowships and travel awards are designed to assist graduate programs in enhancing diversity within their programs.

    • The Graduate School Diversity Office has limited funds to assist with the expense of bringing up to two of your fellowship nominees to campus for a visit.
    • Graduate programs do not have to wait until after submission of their nominations to request travel funds.
    • Requests are accepted January 3 - March 31, 2023, and visits must take place no later than April 10, 2023. Travel funds will pay for up to $400 of transportation expenses only on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
    • The travel request form can be completed here.

    For further information, please contact Graduate School Fellowships Office.