Basic funding package
All students receive five years of full funding (tuition fellowship, medical insurance, and stipend based on a Graduate Student Instructorship at the pay level set in the GEO/UM contract ) and additional years of tuition only fellowship (TOF) with health insurance. This support is guaranteed so long as students continue to make “satisfactory progress” in the degree.
Of the five fully funded years, students are granted up to four non-work semesters: two in the first year, another typically augmented to extend from January through August for non-residential research in the fourth year; an additional non-work semester is usually available in the student's final year in the program.
Students generally serve as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for at least two years and may compete for a department-funded internship at a museum or other institution for one of the other semesters, if such positions are available. In addition, every student in years 1-5 receives a partial grant each summer and is eligible to apply for additional summer funding to be used for travel, language study, and research . We help our students apply for both internal and external grants to augment summer research and to enable an extra year of dissertation work away from campus. Students must be resident in Ann Arbor to receive stipend funding during the semesters supported by GSI work.
In addition to the basic package, limited funds are available to subsidize attendance at conferences in the area of the student’s dissertation research, research travel, and to support publication costs. If the student is presenting a paper at a conference, they should apply to the Rackham School of Graduate Studies for support. The maximum amount varies for national and international conferences. When funds are available, the program will consider supplementing a Rackham award.