Prospective Fellows

The MinnCResT Program provides fellowships for highly qualified post-doctorates, PhD students, and DDS/PhD students. Fellowships and training are also available post-DDS PhD trainees, and international dentists pursuing a PhD or postdoctoral training. Fellowships for PhD students are extremely limited. Interested graduate students should contact the Director or Assistant Director prior to applying.

The MinnCResT Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that requires all predoctoral and DDS/PhD trainees to be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Applicants for these MinnCResT fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents at the time of application.  A special fellowship is available for non-citizens who are dentists.

Types of Fellowships

Dentist-Scientist (DDS/PhD) Program

The University of Minnesota's DDS/PhD program allows predoctoral students to pursue concurrent clinical and basic science research training in a supportive environment.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships provide up to 3 years of support to U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently holding the PhD.

Predoctoral Fellowship

Predoctoral fellows provide financial support and research training to traditional PhD students in any related program who have passed their preliminary exams.

Postdoctoral PhD Fellowships (post-DDS)

Dentists (DDS/DMD or equivalent) pursuing a PhD in Oral Biology may be supported for up to 3 years as postdoctoral fellows.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for international-trained dentists

The MinnCResT Program is one of the first U.S. programs to be able to offer fellowships for dentists who are not U.S. citizens and wish to pursue basic science research training through a PhD program or postdoctoral appointment.

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Application information

The application process varies for each type of fellow. All predoctoral and DDS/PhD fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Non-citizen dentists holding valid dental degrees from accredited institutions who wish to pursue a PhD or postdoctoral training may be considered for MinnCResT fellowships. Postdocs who are not dentists must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. When relevant, U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. resident status must be held at the time of application.

Financial support

All fellows receive a stipend plus financial support covering:

  • cost of tuition
  • course fees
  • health insurance
  • research-related expenses
  • travel

Support is available for 6 years for DDS/PhD trainees. Postdoctoral trainees receive support for up to 3 years and predoctoral trainees may be supported for 5 years.


MinnCResT Program
Kim Mansky, PhD, Director
Ann Hagen, Assistant Director
[email protected]