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The University of Michigan provides many sources of financial assistance to help students meet educational and living expenses. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, a master’s or doctoral student, we want to make sure you know about the funding available for your graduate education.

The nature of funding varies widely. Opportunities highlighted here range from large competitive fellowships that pay tuition and stipends, to targeted grants that assist with foreign language study, dissertation research, and conference travel, to emergency grants and awards designed to help students manage student loan debt.

U-M Library's Guide to Finding Funding

Visit the University of Michigan Library's guide to finding scholarships, fellowships, and research grants to fund your U-M education.

Rackham Administered Funding

Rackham Graduate School administers two types of fellowships, grants and scholarships. For those requiring a program nomination or allocation, the graduate program submits a nomination on behalf of the student for a competition or allocated award; students may not apply directly for these awards. For the second type, a program nomination is not required and students may apply directly. Please note that students who qualify for need-based financial aid (including the child care subsidy) and receive additional Rackham funding may be subject to a reduction in the original loan amounts or subsidy. Contact the U-M Office of Financial Aid for help evaluating your individual circumstances.

Rackham Administered Funding: Program Nomination or Allocation
Name Application Deadline
Cost Sharing by Rackham ongoing
Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship ongoing
Rackham International Students Fellowship/Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship October 8, 2018
Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships October 8, 2018
Barbour Scholarship January 14, 2019
Lipschutz, Ayers Host and Olcott Smith January 14, 2019
Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship January 14, 2019
Rackham Engineering Awards (REAs) February 1, 2019 & March 7, 2019
Rackham Merit Fellowships (RMFs) February 1, 2019 & March 7, 2019
Rackham Science Awards (RSAs) February 1, 2019 & March 7, 2019
Rackham Master's Award (RMA) February 21, 2019 & March 14, 2019
Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship May 1, 2019
Rackham Administered Funding: Student Application
Name Application Deadline
Graduate Student Professional Travel with Children Grant ongoing
Professional Development Grant ongoing
Rackham Conference Travel Grant ongoing
Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds ongoing
Rackham Graduate Student Research Grants ongoing
Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellowship December 1, 2017
German Academic Exchange (DAAD) September 17, 2018
Lurcy Fellowship October 15, 2018
Shapiro/Malik/Forrest Awards October 15, 2018
Language Training Award November 1, 2018 & March 1, 2019
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship November 19, 2018
Radcliffe/Ramsdell Fellowship January 26, 2019
Gupta Values Scholarship February 4, 2019
Rackham International Research Awards February 15, 2019
King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) April 15, 2019
Debt Management Awards April 23, 2019

Last updated: June 6, 2018 - 3:58pm