Financing and Funding

We recommend that prospective students submit applications and all supporting materials by December 16, since most financial support decisions are made shortly after that date. Qualified students will be automatically considered for financial awards, however, feel free to contact the program office regarding any of the opportunities below.

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Financial Aid

For information about federal student aid, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Assistantships and Fellowships

A limited number of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and grants are available on a competitive basis. Graduate assistantship salaries vary with the terms of individual appointments. Graduate assistants receive tuition waiver coverage at double their appointment percentage; this means that a 50% research or teaching assistantship results in a 100% waiver of tuition. In addition, graduate assistants receive stipends and subsidized health insurance fees.

University-Wide and Departmental Fellowships

Again, all qualified applicants who have their completed application materials submitted by December 16 will be considered for fellowships. In addition to the Natural Resources Science and Management Fellowship, applicants may be eligible for the following, administered through other units at the University of Minnesota:

Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship
The DOVE Fellowship is administered by the University of Minnesota's Office for Diversity in Graduate Education. This fellowship is awarded to first-year students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) from traditionally under-represented groups and "diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences." The fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. Applicants are encouraged to inform us if they are interested in being nominated for this award. We may also nominate applicants on our own, so individuals who feel that they may be competitive for this award are encouraged to submit a strong "diversity statement" (Statement #2 in the online application). Please read more about eligibility and requirements at the DOVE website.

NRSM applicants who are awarded the DOVE Fellowship for their first year of study will also receive a full second year fellowship administered by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)

CFANS Diversity Scholars (Graduate & Postdoctoral Funding Opportunity)

The CFANS Diversity Scholars Fellowship is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). This fellowship is awarded to first-year students  (U.S. citizen or permanent resident only) who self-identify as a student of color. The fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. Applicants are encouraged to inform us if they are interested in being nominated for this award. We may also nominate applicants on our own, so individuals who feel that they may be competitive for this award are encouraged to submit a strong "diversity statement" (Statement #2 in the online application).

The Graduate Opportunity Fellowship may be deferred by students who are also selected to be DOVE Fellowship recipients. 

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowships
The ICGC at the University of Minnesota offers fellowships for both incoming and current graduate students. Successful nominees for these various awards have backgrounds, experiences, and interests which indicate they are committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south (particularly Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East) in the context of global change. This award requires a program nomination, so please let our office know if you are interested in being nominated. Please read more about eligibility and requirements at the website.

Privately Endowed Fellowships

We also award privately endowed fellowships each year through our departments. Additional awards include:

  • Thomas Eugene Avery Graduate Fellowship in Forestry
  • Peter F. Ffolliott Graduate Fellowship in Forest Resources
  • Thomas W. French Memorial - Urban Forestry
  • Henry L. Hansen Forest Ecology Fellowship
  • Henry Hansen Fellowship II
  • Dorothy H. Anderson Fellowship
  • Ione Mossman Kaufert Legacy Award
  • Frederick and Philip Noel Knorr Graduate Fellowship Concerning Forests and/or Trees
  • Merle Meyer Fellowship in Forest Resources
  • The Josephine and Waldemore Mohl Fund
  • Leiton E. Nelson Graduate Scholarship
  • Hugo J. and Helen K. Pawek Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship in Forestry
  • Hugo J. and Helen K. Pawek Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship in Wood Science
  • The Stanley and Mertie Buckman Graduate Student Fellowship in Bio-based Products
  • Carol Turnbull Memorial Fellowship
  • Wood-Rill Graduate Fellowship in Hardwood Ecology
  • Leigh Perkins Fellowship in Wildlife Management
  • Wally Dayton Wildlife Fellowship

NRSM Student Grants

Graduate students are eligible to apply for NRSM Travel Grants and Professional Development grants. 

NRSM Travel Grants are available to students who are attending conferences and will be presenting either a paper or poster there. Students are eligible to receive one travel grant during the course of their degree program, up to a total of $500. To apply, email nrsm@umn.edu and provide us with the date and location of your conference, as well as an abstract of your presentation. 

NRSM Professional Development Grants are available to students who need funding for training purposes, or for other opportunities that would generally fall into the category of 'professional development.' Students are eligible to receive one professional development grant during the course of their degree program, up to a total of $500. To apply, email nrsm@umn.edu and provide details of the conference, workshop, or other training opportunity you will be attending. Be sure to specify why you believe attendance will be beneficial for your development.