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Funding and Support


The majority of graduate students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) are supported financially by internal and external funding sources.

Types of assistance and availability of funding will vary by graduate program and by degree status. 

The Rackham Graduate School offers a variety of resources, programming, and funding to contribute to your professional and academic development. Visit the Rackham website to learn more.


PhD students admitted to LSA programs typically receive a 5 year funding package from their department upon admission. Funding packages may include fellowships, teaching (GSI) appointments, or other department-level funding. Funding packages also include health & dental insurance for students and their dependents. 

Master’s students admitted to LSA programs do not typically receive funding packages from their department. Those offered admission are responsible for determining and paying the cost of attendance and cost of living at UM. Admitted master’s students are able to apply for temp/hourly positions at the university, and highly qualified individuals may be eligible to apply for a graduate student assistantship. For information on available positions, visit the Careers website.

Rackham provides additional funding opportunities for graduate students that range from large competitive fellowships that pay tuition and stipends, to targeted grants that assist with foreign language study, dissertation research, and conference travel, to emergency grants and awards designed to help students manage student loan debt. 


Visit the Rackham website to learn more about these funding opportunities.


LSA is committed to helping students succeed academically and professionally, and to allowing them to leverage the full scope of their LSA education both during their time here and beyond.

LSA works collaboratively with other units across campus to offer resources and programming to support the academic and professional development of graduate students.

In addition, the Rackham Graduate School provides resources, a robust series of events, and programming aimed at professional development.

Visit the “Rackham Life” page of the Rackham website to learn more about these opportunities.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) is committed to making LSA an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative space to learn, teach, work, discover, and thrive together.

Enhancing and embracing our differences is essential to achieving our shared goals of producing groundbreaking research, providing a world-class liberal arts education, and making a positive impact on our diverse society.

The University of Michigan has a multitude of resources, community and network groups aimed at creating a welcoming campus environment for graduate students.

  • CEW+ empowers women and underserved individuals in the University of Michigan and surrounding communities by serving as an advocate and providing resources to help them reach their academic, financial, and professional potential.
  • The Office of Multi-Ethnic and Student Affairs (MESA) strives to promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.
  • The Spectrum Center at University of Michigan is a collaborative space in which all members of the university and local community are welcome. The center works toward enhancing the campus climate and support services for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty at the university through education, advocacy, and community building. 


The Rackham Graduate School supports a number of student community and network groups, including Graduate Students with Children and Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR). 


Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of LSA and in the Rackham Graduate School.