Minor and Affiliates

Minor and Affiliates

In addition to dual-major PhD NRT fellowships, there are additional mechanisms for graduate students to participate in this program.

NRT Affiliates

The CNS-NRT program provides 8 yearly summer fellowships for students enrolled in PhD programs in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (5) and the College of Arts and Sciences (3). These are reserved for students who are not fellows in the program, but whose research is closely related . Affiliates participate in all NRT activities, including the extended meeting time with colloquium speakers, the Annual Research Showcase, and all social events. See how to apply for affiliate fellowships.


PhD students in any Indiana University PhD program in Bloomington can pursue a PhD Minor in Complex Networks & Systems via one of the two options below. These are based on course work and seminars developed for the CNS-NRT program.

Ph.D. Minor in Complex Networks & Systems (9 credit hours) at the School of Informatics and Computing. More Information on how to apply.

A minor in Complex Systems requires nine credit hours. Both I-609 and I-709 are required. The student may choose among the following courses to obtain the degree:

  • INFO-I 609 Advanced Ph.D. Seminar in Complex Systems (3 cr.) (Required)
  • INFO-I 709 Advanced Ph.D. Seminar in Complex Systems II (3 cr.) (Required)
  • INFO-I 585 Biologically inspired Computing (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 601 Introduction to Complex Systems (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 606 Introduction to Network Science (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 690 Mathematical Methods for Complex Systems (3 cr.)
  • Various I-590 and I-690 courses in advanced complex networks and systems methods (3.cr)

In consultation with both Complex Systems Track Director and the student's advisor, additional classes can be counted toward the degree. For information about the Complex Systems minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office at inforecd@indiana.edu.

PhD Minor in Network Science via the Indiana University Network Science Institute (12 credit hours). More Information on how to apply.

The Ph.D. minor degree Program in Network Science offers doctoral students in any Indiana University Doctoral Program, given Department and/or School approval, training in the theoretical, methodological, analytic and practical approaches to increase our understanding of the nature, origins and influences of natural, social and technological networks. This program draws on the expertise of the wide range and number of faculty across Indiana University who focus on networks and interdependent ties in systems from society, technology, and animal/human systems. These faculty are drawn from the School of Informatics and Computing, and the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, History and Philosophy of Science, Statistics, Physics, Political Science, and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. This minor represents an opportunity for Ph.D. students to be introduced to the complexity of a cutting-edge transdisciplinary perspective that spans substantive issues from genes to global cultures.