DSI-MnDRIVE PhD Graduate Assistantship Program 2024

Research Computing has opened the application period for the 2024 DSI-MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship program. This program supports U of M PhD candidates pursuing research at the intersection of data science and any of the five MnDRIVE areas: Robotics; Global Food; Environment; Brain Conditions; and Cancer Clinical Trials. 

“Data science” in this case is defined broadly as the collection of approaches and disciplines encompassing the entire data pipeline. Proposals must align with one of the Data Science tracks:

  • Foundational Data Sciences: Foundational disciplines that underlie applied data science, including statistics, mathematics, data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, ethics, philosophy, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • Digital Health and Personalized Health Care Delivery: The broad scope of digital health includes categories such as mobile health (mHealth), health information technology (IT), wearable devices, telehealth and telemedicine, and personalized medicine. It includes enhancements to patient healthcare and healthcare delivery through continuous, personalized, predictive, participative, and preventive approaches.

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. The assistantships may begin as early as the beginning of the 2024 Spring term and must be started by June 1, 2024.

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. 

Complete applications are due by October 6, 2023, 5:00 p.m. CDT. Fellowship awards will be announced by early December. Complete program details and application link.

Please send any questions concerning the program to Sarah Landwehr at landw020@umn.edu.