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. 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 and review a PowerPoint overview of LCC IDF's here.



The LCC welcomes applications from students pursuing interdisciplinary life course and aging research.

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 2024 or later. If they are eligible to hold an IDF in 2022-23 at the LCC, applicants should email [email protected] to indicate their interest. 

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] and cc LCC Associate Director Sarah Flood at [email protected] by October 18, 2021.

The application packet includes:

  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 LCC Associate Director Sarah Flood at [email protected] by October 18, 2021

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 5, 2021. Prior to Wednesday, November 10, 2021 successful applicants will receive a PDF copy of a letter of support from LCC Associate Director Sarah Flood to be included with their applications to the Graduate School. 

The Graduate School's deadline is noon on Friday, November 12, 2021. 

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

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

Congratulations to Xiaofan Lei for being awarded a 2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship with the Life Course Center!

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