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Funding for Graduate Students

    University of Minnesota Funding Resources

    Financial Aid Preview Meeting

    If you plan to use financial aid, it is recommended you schedule a financial aid preview meeting to understand your options. Contact contact one of the following individuals to directly to schedule an appointment: 
    Mee Vang: or 612.624.0316
    Brian Olson: or 612.624.4584

    Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance)

    • The GPS Alliance provides information on funding for study, internships, and research abroad for master's and doctoral students.

    Learning Abroad Center

    China Center

    • The China Center has a number of scholarship opportunities for graduate students with study and research interests in China

    The Graduate School

    • A number of fellowships are available through the Graduate School for study and research abroad.

    Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR)

    • The OVPR provides a number of links to U of M and external funding resources for research.

    University of Minnesota Libraries

    • The UofM Libraries hold periodic workshops on funding alert services and database searches. The workshops focus on choosing the right funding sources and ensuring the "fundability" of your proposal.

    Language Study Funding Sources

    Boren Fellowships 

    • Sponsored by the National Security Education Program which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
    • Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

    FLAS Fellowships

    Critical Language Scholarship Program

    • Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the scholarship fully funds students to participate in 7-10 week group-based intensive language study.
    • Prerequisites for previous language study varies by language. There are multiple options for beginners.

    Helpful External Resources

    IIEPassport has a searchable database of scholarships and fellowships available for international study, research, and internships.

    PCDN (Peace & Collaborative Development Network) is a one stop shop for the global change community, connecting over 36,000 individuals and organizations engaged in social entreprenuership, development peacebuilding, and related fields. It has information on fellowships, as well as job postings and other opportunities.