DOVE Fellowship

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Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship 2017-2018
(research-based graduate programs)

NOMINATION DEADLINE: 4:30 P.M.,  Monday,  January 30, 2017

Information regarding the new DOVE Recruiting Scholarship for professional programs is available here.

The information on this website is for research-based graduate programs only.  For a list of graduate and professional programs, please refer to the Provost's website:

The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 15 first-year students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents).  The fellowship provides a $25,000 stipend, tuition at general graduate rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. Graduate programs must nominate prospective students by 4:30 P.M.,  Monday,  January 30, 2017.  Students who wish to be nominated must contact the Director of Graduate Studies in advance.  For further information please contact ODGE at 612.625.6858 or


McNair Scholar/ DOVE Fellowship:

The Graduate School of the University of Minnesota has designated at least two of its Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowships to be awarded to McNair Scholars. McNair Scholars are ideal candidates for the DOVE Fellowship since they meet the DOVE Fellowship definition of diversity of views and experiences. The award includes a stipend, tuition at general graduate rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year.


Travel Award Funds (for DOVE Fellowship Nominees)

The ODGE Office has limited funds - up to $400 of transportation expenses only - to assist with the expense of bringing DOVE Fellowship Nominees to campus for a visit.  Request from Programs should be made before mid-March, and visit must take place no later than April 15th.  


DOVE Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)   

Q: When is the DOVE Fellowship nomination deadline?
A:  4:30 P.M., Monday, January 30, 2017.


Q: Who is eligible to be a nominee for the DOVE Fellowship?
A: Nominees MUST be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents entering The Graduate School at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the 2017-2018 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. 


Q: What is the DOVE Fellowship definition of diversity of views and experiences?
A: 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.


Q: Who nominates prospective students to the DOVE Fellowship?
A: 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. 


Q: Is there a limit of the number of nominations per Program? 
A:  Graduate programs are limited to two (2) nominations among their most qualified prospective students.

Q: Can prospective students nominate themselves?
A: Students do 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.


Q: What do prospective students need to write for the Diversity Statement?
A: The graduate program will ask nominees to write a narrative statement (no longer than two pages) on how her or his background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity.  If applicable, nominees should mention hardships or obstacles that they have overcome to complete their undergraduate education (e.g. low-income and first-generation college students).  If you have submitted a Diversity Statement (Statement #2) to The Graduate School online application, you have fulfilled the statement requirement.


Q: What are the review and selection considerations?
A:  An interdepartmental faculty committee reviews all nominations.  Selection considerations include:

·       The strength of the nominee’s undergraduate academic records, recommendations, and test scores (if required) in the context of the rigor and reputation of the undergraduate college and major (and the graduate record, if applicable).

·       Evidence that the nominee has achieved academic success while overcoming substantial educational or economic obstacles.

·       Demonstrated experience with, or commitment to, serving or working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations.

·       The strength of the nominee’s goals/career statement.

·       The level of commitment by the 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 extent and level of the nominee’s preparation, suitability, and high academic potential for the proposed program.


Q: Does the DOVE Fellowship nomination guarantee admission?

A:  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.


Q: How competitive is the DOVE Fellowship?
A:  It is competitive.   For example, last year we received approximately 130 nominations.  Please note, graduate programs are limited to two (2) nominations among their most qualified students. This year, approximately 15 DOVE Fellowships will be awarded.  In the past, the most successful nominees have had a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50. Nominees with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.80 will normally not be considered.


Q: What is the length and monetary value of the DOVE Fellowship?
A:  The DOVE Fellowship, a one year fellowship, has an approximate value of $47,000 (which includes a $25,000 stipend, tuition and health insurance).


Q:  What is the financial support beyond the DOVE Fellowship year?
A:  Subject to satisfactory performance of the fellow, graduate programs are encouraged to provide continuing support for the duration of the students graduate studies.  This support is usually offered through half-time teaching or research assistantship.


Q: What is the DOVE/McNair Scholar Fellowship?
A: At least two of the DOVE Fellowships will be awarded to McNair Scholars.   McNair Scholars make ideal candidates for the fellowship.   



Q: Can a student be nominated by more than one graduate program for the DOVE Fellowship?
A: Yes, a student may be nominated by ALL graduate programs to which they applied.


Q: Can a graduate program have more than one DOVE Fellowship recipient?
A: 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.


Q: When will the Graduate Programs be notified of the DOVE Fellowship decisions?
A: Every effort will be made to inform the Graduate Programs of the results by early March.