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Fellowships & Grants

To speak with a fellowships advisor, please explore the funding options below to learn requirements and specific advising contact information for each individual funding opportunity.

The International Institute provides generous support to graduate students for research abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages, as well as conference travel and event funding. In addition to the awards below, the II Centers & Programs offer funding opportunties. Please visit individual center websites for more information.

II Student Fellowships (IISF)

Deadline: February 15

The International Institute Student Fellowships are designed to support University of Michigan students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad.

Rackham International Research Award (RIRA)

Deadline: February 15

The Rackham International Research Awards (RIRA) supports terminal master's and doctoral candidates conducting degree-related research outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Review eligibility requirements, selection criteria, selection process, and application procedure on Rackham Graduate School's website.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (IIE)

Deadline: August 28, 2020

The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. State Department, makes fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Luce Scholars Program

Deadline: October 1

The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia each year.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship  

Deadline: January 15

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) and U-M units fund these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act.

Boren Fellowships for International Study

Deadline: January 25

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.

US/ED Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Deadline: January 31

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships provide opportunities for PhD candidates to engage in 6-12 months of full-time dissertation research abroad in non-Western-European area studies and less commonly taught modern foreign languages.

II Conference Travel Grants

Deadline: Rolling (applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of planned travel, if possible)

The International Institute Conference Travel Grants provide supplemental travel support for graduate and professional school students who are presenting papers at conferences in the U.S.A. and its territories.