Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

The Graduate School awards a limited number of one-year Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDFs) each year to outstanding graduate students who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. See here for contact information for each hosting center. To learn more about the IDF visit the Graduate School's IDF website and watch a recording of an IDF Info Session held by the Institute for Advanced Study.

The Institute for Advanced Study is running an online IDF Information Session for graduate students interested in applying for an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Friday, October 06, 2023 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm CDT. Learn more and register here


The LCC welcomes applications from students pursuing interdisciplinary aging research!

Benefits of an IDF at LCC:

Before the LCC application process begins, interested parties should review the graduate school’s eligibility requirements here. Applicants must ensure they have a graduation date of Spring 2026 or later. If they are eligible to hold an IDF in 2024-25 at the LCC, applicants should email li[email protected] to indicate their interest as soon as possible.

If the LCC agrees to be a host institution, applicants must submit their application packet (minus the letter of support from LCC’s Director) to [email protected] by October 20, 2023.

The application packet must include:

  1. Application form
  2. CV
  3. Proposal
  4. Unofficial transcript
  5. Proof of IRB if applicable

Each applicant's advisor and faculty mentor should send their letters of support directly to [email protected] by October 20, 2023.

The LCC review committee will consider how each applicant would benefit from residence in LCC’s interdisciplinary intellectual community and how LCC would benefit from each applicant’s residence. The LCC will then select applications to endorse, and will provide letters of support to the graduate school accordingly.

The LCC will make its review and notify applicants of decisions by Friday, November 3, 2023. Then, prior to Friday November 10, 2023 successful applicants will receive a PDF copy of a letter of support from LCC Director Sarah Flood to be included with their applications to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School's deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, November 10, 2023.

Please email any questions for the LCC at [email protected]

Please email any questions for the graduate school at [email protected]


Previous LCC Interdisciplinary Fellows: