Students: please contact IHRC Research Archivist Daniel Necas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm that your research project is eligible for the IHRC research requirements of the fellowship. We suggest you then submit a request for nomination to your department by December 15th since nomination materials must be submitted by your department to the IHRC Fellowship Selection Committee by February 15th for award in the upcoming academic year.
Background: The Graduate Fellowship in Finnish American Studies was established in 2005. The Fellowship may be used for graduate student support and travel to academic conferences related to Finnish American studies activity. It varies in amount and duration with a maximum 1-semester living stipend of $8,300 and up to, but not more than, $8,300 toward tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance, subject to United States tax law. The fellowships may be awarded more than once to the same student during her/his enrollment in the University. Departments in which graduate students are enrolled arrange individual financial assistance packages of varying terms and amounts, often applied to the second and third years of study, usually through research or teaching assistantships.
Eligibility: Both International and U.S. Citizen students are eligible. To be considered for this fellowship candidates must:
Selection Process: The IHRC Director appoints a Fellowship Selection Committee of faculty and/or IHRC staff and chairs the Selection Committee. Decisions are made by March 15th. Fellows are nominated by their departments of graduate enrollment. Prospective first-year graduate students who wish to be considered for the fellowship must apply for admission to a department and request the department nominate them for the fellowship. Previously enrolled students may also request that their departments nominate them for the award. In both cases, students indicate their interest in being nominated after consulting with the IHRC and completing and sending to their department a Request for Departmental Nomination form no later than December 15th for award in the following academic year. Nomination by letter to the IHRC from departments must be submitted to the Fellowship Selection Committee of the IHRC no later than February 15th for the upcoming academic year. The letter should either confirm the admission of an incoming student or the current status of the student enrolled in a current graduate degree program. Since the purpose of this fellowship is to supplement departmental support of degree candidates, the letter should also describe existing or likely commitment of departmental funds to the student nominated.
Information on the UM admission process and regarding specific graduate programs is available at website http://www.grad.umn.edu/prospective_students/. Or, write to Director of Graduate Studies (Department Name), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Applications for admission must be submitted electronically. All materials required for admission by the specific graduate program AND the Graduate School must be received before a nomination for this fellowship can be forwarded to the Selection Committee.
Further information about this fellowship and the Finnish American collections and activities of the Immigration History Research Center may be obtained from the IHRC. The IHRC welcomes preliminary inquiries from students considering enrollment in the University and candidacy for this fellowship.