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Fellowships & Grants

To speak with a fellowships advisor, please explore the funding options below to learn requirements before making an appointment with an advisor through the online scheduler.

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. All travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

The following opportunities are listed with generic application timelines; please visit the individual funding opportunity page for the official dates associated with the program this 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: Late January

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: Late February

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 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. Certain awards may allow for virtual projects in 2021, see page for details.

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

Campus Deadline: Late August
National Deadline: Mid-October

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

Campus Deadline: Early October
National Deadline: Early November

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

II Conference Travel Grants

Deadline: Rolling (applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of planned conference, 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. Special COVID-19 allowances: applicants may apply for funding to cover registration fees to participate in virtual events.

Student Groups

Deadline: Rolling

Student groups seeking funding can apply through the II Fund for Conferences and Workshops. Groups must have a faculty sponsor who will apply on their behalf and vouch for the event.

In addition to the awards below, centers and programs at the International Institute offer funding opportunties. Please visit individual center websites for more information.