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Funding for Doctoral Students

Incoming Students

Rackham Merit Fellowships (Rackham Engineering Awards/Rackham Science Awards)

Competitive fellowships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who contribute to diversity provides full tuition, benefits and a monthly stipend for up to five years for doctoral students. Rackham administered.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Three years of tuition and stipend support during a five year period. Availability and deadlines vary by discipline.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

Provides tuition and stipend for three years for students pursuing a doctoral degree in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

Provides up to four years of tuition and stipends for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

Department of Homeland Security Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program (NFGFP)

Provides tuition and stipend for up to five years for doctoral students in geochemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, materials science, analytical chemistry, and other disciplines related to nuclear forensics.

NASA Earth Space and Science Fellowship (NESSF)

One year fellowship, renewable for up to three years, for master’s or doctoral students pursuing degrees in Earth and space sciences or related disciplines.

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowship

Provides up to six years of support for graduate students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.

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Pre-candidacy

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)

Provides up to four years of tuition and stipends for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

Department of Homeland Security Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program (NFGFP)

Provides tuition and stipend for up to five years for doctoral students in geochemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, materials science, analytical chemistry, and other disciplines related to nuclear forensics.

Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellowship

Provides two years of support for doctoral students committed to finding interdisciplinary sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Three year fellowships for U.S. citizens or nationals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

NASA Earth Space and Science Fellowship (NESSF)

One year fellowship, renewable for up to three years, for master’s or doctoral students pursuing degrees in Earth and space sciences or related disciplines.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

Provides tuition and stipend for three years for students pursuing a doctoral degree in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Graduate Fellowship

Provides up to six years of support for graduate students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Three years of tuition and stipend support during a five year period. Availability and deadlines vary by discipline.

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant

The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. Doctoral students are eligible to receive one grant as a pre-candidate and one as a candidate. Rackham administered.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

This NIH fellowship provides tuition and a stipend for predoctoral students from population groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows

This NIH grant provides up to six years of tuition and stipend support for students pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. degree or other dual doctoral degree who intend careers as physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists.

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Candidacy and Dissertation

AAU American Fellowships Dissertation Fellowship

Provides living expenses for women during the final year of dissertation writing.

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

Provides 1-2 years of support for students conducting research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.

Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Grant

Provides one year of support for research on issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education.

CEW Riecker Graduate Student Research Grants

Grants of up to $1,500 for student-designed, student-conducted degree-required dissertation or thesis research on topics related to CEW's mission with a gender focus.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Supports students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work is related to ethics and/or religion.

Big Ten Academic Alliance/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) one-year fellowships support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Rackham administered.

Department of Energy Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF)

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist.

Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellowship

Provides up to $50,000 over two years to support doctoral students committed to finding interdisciplinary sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

One year dissertation fellowships for U.S. citizens or nationals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Eligibility for the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship is limited to students in certain Ph.D. programs who need to conduct 6-12 months of dissertation research abroad.

Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowships

Provides one year of support for graduate students working in humanities research areas who will contribute to and gain from interdisciplinary exchange during their time in residence.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Support for a year to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing.

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Provides 9-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics.

Mellon Mays University Fellows Dissertation Grant Program

One year of support; eligibility limited to graduate students who participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Supports students conducting dissertation research related to education.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Funds dissertation research. Availability and deadlines vary by discipline.

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant

The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. Doctoral students are eligible to receive one grant as a pre-candidate and one as a candidate. Rackham administered.

Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship

Established to increase the proportion of doctoral students in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences who complete the Ph.D. and decrease the time it takes to complete the degree. Participating doctoral programs are responsible for the selection of recipients. Rackham administered.

Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship

Permits candidates to work full-time on the final stages of their dissertations. Rackham administered.

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing. Rackham administered.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows

This NIH grant provides a stipend and tuition support for students conducting dissertation research in scientific health related fields.

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Summer

Rackham Summer Award

Enables graduate students enrolled in a Rackham program to work on research, scholarly, or creative projects in collaboration with faculty mentors during Spring/Summer term. Rackham administered.

Lipschutz, Ayers Host & Olcott Smith

Spring/Summer funding awards for women actively pursuing a doctoral degree who have achieved candidacy by the application deadline. Rackham administered.

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International Students

The Barbour Scholarship

The Barbour Scholarships support women who are citizens of countries in the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east) and who intend to devote themselves to a professional career in their native countries after graduation. Rackham administered.

Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Assists outstanding students in Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan. Rackham administered.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Ph.D. Student Research Fellowship

Fellowship program for international students in years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. Eligible fields include life and health sciences, physical sciences, biomedical engineering, computer science, and psychology. Rackham administered.

Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU)

Administers several fellowships for students from Latin American countries to pursue graduate study.

Rackham International Student Fellowship

Assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. Rackham administered.

Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship

Supports research by a Rackham student from the Islamic World or Africa. Preference will be given to research on international and global issues in the contemporary period.

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Michigan Residents

Dorothy J. Thurston Graduate Scholarship

Awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the student must be a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) pursuing full or part-time study at any accredited school in Michigan. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Graduate Scholarship

Awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the student must be a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) and a graduate level student at a Michigan college. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

King-Chavez-Parks

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is funded by the State of Michigan and is intended to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Rackham administered.

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Women

AAU American Fellowships Dissertation Fellowship

Provides living expenses for women during the final year of dissertation writing.

The Barbour Scholarship

The Barbour Scholarships support women who are citizens of countries in the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east) and who intend to devote themselves to a professional career in their native countries after graduation. Rackham administered.

Lipschutz, Ayers Host & Olcott Smith

Spring/Summer funding awards for women actively pursuing a doctoral degree who have achieved candidacy by the application deadline. Rackham administered.

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is for graduate women students in a humanities or social science field within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Students must be nominated by a department.

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Conference Travel

International Institute Conference Travel Grants

Provide supplemental travel support for graduate students who are presenting papers on international or area studies topics at conferences in the U.S. and its territories.

Rackham Conference Travel Grant

Provides opportunities for Rackham graduate students to present papers and/or posters at academic conferences. Students may apply once per fiscal year. Rackham administered.

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Research and Study Abroad

Boren Fellowships for International Study

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

Provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Eligibility for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship is limited to students in certain Ph.D. programs who need to conduct 6-12 months of dissertation research abroad.

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

Provides travel and living expenses for individually designed study/research projects abroad.

German Academic Exchange

An exchange program with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Michigan for study or research abroad in Germany. Rackham administered.

International Institute Individual Fellowships

Designed to support students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad.

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year.

Lurcy Fellowship for Study in France

The Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust seeks to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and France by supporting scholarly activities and exchanges which allow members of one society to learn more about the people and civilization of the other society. Rackham administered.

Mary Sue & Kenneth Coleman Global Experience Scholarship

Funding for international experiences directly related to recipients’ degree, including international study, internships, and service work.

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Provides 9-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research on non-U.S. topics.

Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship

The Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship offers multiple grants up to $6,500 each for graduate students who are U.S. citizens pursuing research, field work, cultural experience, or other study relevant to their graduate degree, preferably in the areas of public health, health care, or environmental work in South or Southeast Asia (excluding China or Japan).

Rackham International Research Award (RIRA)

Supports doctoral candidates conducting degree-related research outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Rackham administered.

Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Award

Provides funding for one graduate student per summer to participate in an international community service project, humanitarian experience, or other civic oriented project related to the field of public health.

Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship

Supports research by a Rackham student from the Islamic World or Africa. Preference will be given to research on international and global issues in the contemporary period.

Area Studies Centers and Programs on Campus

In addition to the specific awards highlighted above, there are many area studies centers and programs with an international focus that offer research and travel grants.

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Emergency Financial Support

Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds

Helps meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program. Rackham administered.

Student Emergency Funds

U-M offers several types of assistance for students experiencing an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, unforeseen expense while in school. Options include grants and short-term, interest-free loans. Information regarding the availability of emergency funding from a variety of sources is available on the Provost’s Office website.

CEW Critical Difference Grants

The Center for the Education of Women offers small emergency grants to graduate students for unexpected financial emergencies that threaten to derail progress to degree.

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Education Debt

Debt Management Award

Designed to lighten the financial burden for doctoral candidates with sizable loan debt who will pursue public interest careers. Eligibility is limited to particular disciplines. Rackham administered.

Harold and Vivian Shapiro/John Malik/Jean Forrest Awards

Assist graduate students with interest payments on unsubsidized educational loans. Rackham administered.

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Child Care

U-M Child Care Subsidy Program

Administered by the Office of Financial Aid, the program provides funds to graduate students to assist them with the cost of state-licensed child care.

U-M Child Care Tuition Grant

Assists U-M families with young children with the cost of licensed child care at U-M campus centers. Students must apply for Child Care Subsidy Program first.

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Other

CEW Scholarship Program

For students who have experienced a lapse in education after graduating from high school of at least 48 consecutive or non-consecutive months (not counting interruptions of less than 8 months).

Radcliffe/Ramsdell Fellowship

Graduate students at the University of Michigan who wish to pursue advanced studies in this country or abroad in religious education or in preparation for the ministry are eligible for both the Radcliffe and Ramsdell fellowships. Students must have already received a degree (bachelor's, master's, etc.) from the University of Michigan prior to the deadline for the Ramsdell Fellowship. Rackham administered.

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