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External Funding Resources

The following is a list of possible funding sources available to graduate students. This list is NOT complete or comprehensive. It includes select fellowships awarded to graduate students in recent years, but students regularly apply for and receive awards that no one else in EEB has received before. Search the web and talk to your advisor and colleagues for leads on fellowships and grants within your particular area of research.

In addition to the sources below, please see the U-M library guide for student funding.

Before applying to fellowships intended to provide academic term support (stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance), please speak with the graduate program coordinator to make sure the fellowship will be able to cover the full costs or to see if there may be cost-sharing opportunities. 

Federal Agencies

In addition to the main three listed here, students have also recently received funding from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Deparment of Energy (DOE). There may also be funding opportunities at state agencies.

National Foundations

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellows Program aspires to build a more inclusive scientific ecosystem by supporting scientists at two levels—graduate students and their faculty thesis advisers. The program invests in graduate trainees who are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in science and empowers them as future science leaders. Students are nominated by the university and do not apply directly. EEB students have successfully received this award in the past, along with the prior HHMI graduate student fellowship.
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a research-based, dissertation-required Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree that will prepare them for the pursuit of a career in academic teaching or research. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.

Academic or Professional Societies