UMII PhD Graduate Assistantship Program
Applicants must be a PhD candidate student at the University of Minnesota. Post-docs are not eligible for this assistantship program. The student’s preliminary oral exam must also be completed by the start of the appointment (no later than June 1st, 2021).
The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship program supports UMN PhD candidates pursuing research at the intersection of informatics and any of the five MnDRIVE areas: Robotics, Sensors and Advanced Manufacturing; Global Food Ventures; Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment; Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions; and Cancer Clinical Trials.
The program aims to support approximately ten 12-month research assistantships for a 12-month (2 semesters and 1 summer), 50% graduate research assistantship, including tuition for up to 14 credits each semester (fall & spring) and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan (contact department/unit accountant for current rates). Depending on the number of applicants and the availability of funding, smaller stipends may also be offered. Applications for assistantships may begin as early as the following Spring term and must be started by June 1 of the year following the submission of your application. Graduate students are expected to have successfully completed their preliminary oral exam by the start of the appointment. Depending on the availability of funding, awards may include up to $1,500 for travel to a conference or to defray costs for specialized training support if they are directly related to the proposed research. A final report of accomplishments made possible by this support is expected after the completion of this award.
Applicants will be selected based on academic record, potential for future research productivity, and alignment with the goals of the MnDRIVE initiative (see mndrive.umn.edu for the goals of each area).
The application process will require the submission of the following materials.
1-page research plan (single-spaced), describing alignment with MnDRIVE goals and intersection with informatics
1-page personal statement (single-spaced), describing how this award will advance your career and meet the goals of MnDRIVE
Curriculum Vitae, which includes previous education, relevant work experience, honors/awards, research experiences, publication, and conference abstract titles
Two letters of recommendation (each letter should be no more than 2 pages): Applicants should arrange for two letters recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant's faculty advisor. The letters should comment on the applicant’s potential for future research productivity. The faculty advisor should (i) include confirmation that s/he will continue to be the advisor of the applicant during the period of funding, (ii) confirm that the applicant will have reached doctoral candidacy by the start of the award, (iii) confirm the research plan, and (iv) explain the alignment with at least one MnDRIVE area.
Completed applications and recommendation letters must be submitted through this application portal by no later than October 1 at 5:00 pm CST. Late applications (including late letters of recommendation) are not accepted. Fellowship awards will be announced by early December.
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