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Internal Funding Resources

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Competitively Awarded Department Funding


The following fellowships are awarded annually to Ph.D. candidates and will not replace the terms of the department fellowship currently included in the Ph.D. student funding package. The fellowships will be announced together (typically in mid January, with a mid February deadline) and will have a joint application. All fellowships provide one academic semester of stipend, tuition, and benefits.

Research Awards

These awards are intended to help advance research and completion of graduate degrees. All EEB graduate students who are actively engaged in research are eligible to apply. Research award funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. Applications and student records are reviewed by the GAC as part of the award process and decisions are based on factors such as promise of research, adequacy of research plans, schedule for use of the funds, and past progress. The competition is typically announced in early January, with a mid February submission deadline and students can submit a joint application for the below awards.

Other Competitive Funding Resources

Non-Competitive Department Funding

Select Rackham Funding Sources

The Rackham Graduate School has many funding opportunities, ranging from one year fellowships to grants for travel and conferences. Below are some select awards that may be most relevant to EEB students, but you are encouraged to view the whole list on their website. The EEB graduate office provides email announcements regarding submission requirements and deadlines of these awards, many of which require a departmental application.

Internal Fellowships

  • U-M CEW+: At CEW+, we navigate circumstantial barriers by providing academic, financial, and professional support to help you reach your personal potential. Established to support women through higher education, we lift up women and all underserved communities at U-M and beyond. Through career and education counseling, funding, workshops, events, and a diverse, welcoming community, we exist to empower. We are CEW+, and we’re here to help you reach your potential.
  • U-M International Institute: 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.
  • Sweetland Summer Dissertation Writing Institute: The Dissertation Writing Institute is for graduate students whose research is complete or nearly complete, who have conceptualized the principal elements of the dissertation, and who have already begun to write the dissertation. Participants attend the Institute for at least six hours each day during the eight weeks of the Spring term. Students participate in group discussions, where they share their writing and receive feedback. They also receive individual writing consultations with a Sweetland faculty member. Participants may not hold another position during the eight-week period of the Institute and must work full time on their dissertations, receiving a stipend of $3,000. Department nominations are due at the end of January.
  • U-M Biological Station: Students conducting research at the UMBS can apply for awards to cover the costs of research/facilities fees, analytical costs, and housing/dining fees. Applications are normally due mid February.
  • Integrated Training in Microbial Systems (ITiMS): The Integrated Training in Microbial Systems (ITiMS) program offers mentorship and financial support to University of Michigan doctoral students exploring the burgeoning field of microbiome studies.
  • Institute for Global Change Biology: The mission of the IGCB is to facilitate outstanding, interdisciplinary research by faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in Global Change Biology and in so-doing build a community with shared interests in that topic. Towards that goal, we are announcing support (up to $7,500) for graduate students working in diverse aspects of global change biology. 
  • The Office of Financial Aid (OFA): Offers a number of resources for graduate students.

Training Grants