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Description: The International Institute Individual 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. Award amounts are up to $5,000. There is no preference for particular fields of study and the International Institute aims to fund a diverse array of students and projects.

Eligibility Criteria: UM-Ann Arbor undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students are eligible, regardless of citizenship. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program. Ph.D. pre-candidates are eligible, but Ph.D. candidates are not eligible.  Students graduating before the start of the project are not eligible.  Eligible students must return to campus for at least one term prior to graduation. Eligible internship or research projects must be at least one month in length, constitute at least a 30-hour-per-week time commitment (exclusive of language training), and meet all requirements of the University Travel Policy and the Institutional Review Board. Funding is not available for language study or service learning. 

Eligible Project Categories

Academic Internships: Funding is available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to participate in international internships that are related to their degree progress. Internships can be with private companies, government agencies, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. The International Institute cannot assist applicants in obtaining internship placements.  Internships may be paid or unpaid, but students with paid internships must include their salary amounts in their budgets, and are eligible only for partial funding.

Research Projects: The fellowship also supports undergraduate and professional school students who are doing research abroad as part of their degree program. For the purposes of this award, research is defined as thesis research, participation in an on-going research project as part of a required degree-related work experience, or other independent research toward degree requirements. The research project does not have to be for academic credit.  

Preliminary Dissertation Research: Additionally, the award provides support for preliminary visits to prospective overseas dissertation sites by graduate students who are planning doctoral research on topics in area and international studies. These awards are intended to enable students to develop a firm foundation for their research. Only Doctoral pre-candidates are eligible for this category. Doctoral candidates are not eligible and should apply for the Rackham International Research Award.  

Deadline: 11:59pm on February 15, 2017. The online application, including all the required components outlined below, must be submitted before that time.

There is one application for all of the following awards (subject to eligibility): II Individual FellowshipsRackham International Research AwardAfrican Studies Center Funding for Research or Internship Support in AfricaArmenian Studies Program Summer Research GrantsSummer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe & EurasiaCenter for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Field Research Grants, and the II Samo Alajbegović Fellowships. Please visit the links above for more information and to verify your eligibility.

Application Submission: Applicants are encouraged to visit the II Student Fellowships Resource Page prior to beginning the application process.

The online application includes:  

1. Application form (including student and project information)

2. One recommendation letter requested via the online application. Applicants must enter the name, department, and email address of the recommender, and then send a request via the online application system. The recommender will receive an email request and instructions for submitting the letter through a secured section of the online application system. The Letter of Recommendation should come from a U-M faculty, staff member, or advisor. Doctoral students should have the letter submitted by the principal advisor. The referee should comment on the applicant’s achievements and ability to carry out the internship or proposed research project, the feasibility and significance of the proposal, and the contribution it will make to the applicant’s academic program and career. The letter of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender before the application deadline.

3. Statement of Purpose: (single-spaced, 12-pt. font, 3 pages maximum, including any bibliography, citations, project timetable, graphics, etc.)

Academic internship statements – These must include information on how this experience will benefit the applicant's academic program and career plans upon completion of his/her U-M degree. A description of the host organization and the activities in which the applicant will be engaged must be included.  Applicants should also discuss any language skills needed to successfully undertake the internship.

Research statements – These should be written in language for non-specialists, should describe the proposed research project and discuss its rationale, objectives, design, timetable, feasibility, and methodology, as well as the projected benefits of this trip. If the applicant will be working with an established research project, a description of the organization and the activities in which he/she will be engaged must be included. Applicants should also discuss any language skills needed to conduct the proposed research.

 4. Project expense information including the estimated cost for transportation, housing, food, visa fees, CDC-required immunizations, and U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance coverage.  The total expenses may exceed the maximum award amount. Applicants are encouraged to apply for additional sources of funding. All applicants are required to complete a project expense sheet that provides a detailed breakdown of all project expenses by location. Download the project expense sheet, complete it, and upload it as part of your application.

  • Eligible expenses: airfare, transportation, living expenses abroad, visa fees, immunization costs, U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance, research-related expenses (e.g., subject fees, access to specialized data sets, purchase of archival materials or images unavailable in the U.S.), laboratory supplies, and other miscellaneous costs (e.g., services paid for interpreter, translator).

  • Ineligible expenses: U-M tuition or fees, domestic living expenses, books and other library materials available through U-M or inter-library loan, computers or computer equipment, cameras or camera equipment, travel & living expenses for accompanying spouse or children.

5.  Letter of Invitation or Description of In-country Resources (required):

  • Internship applicants must submit a letter or email from the host organization describing the organization, the specific work, and the financial terms of the internship.
  • Research applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of invitation from a faculty member at a university abroad acknowledging and supporting your plans or offering research oversight. This could also be a letter from an archive granting access, etc. Those without a formal in-country affiliate should submit a brief description of the in-country resources to be used and how they will be secured.

6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

7. U-M Transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Transcripts should be correctly rotated so that they may be read easily.

Selection Process: A selection committee comprised of faculty and staff from across the University will evaluate the applications on the following criteria: feasibility, relevance to degree program, relevance to career goals, record of academic achievement, and overall quality of the application. The International Institute does not provide feedback to applicants on the quality of their proposals, nor provide applicants with evaluators' comments. This is a very competitive fellowship. Fewer than 30% of applicants receive funding. The average award amount is approximately $3,600. Applicants should not assume they will receive an award, and should not purchase airline tickets before the awards are announced if they cannot cover the cost from other sources. Results will be announced by mid-April 2017.

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Contact: After careful review of the information above, interested applicants should schedule a fellowships advising appointment or contact with questions.

Reporting Requirements: Grantees will be required to provide a brief report (2–5 pages) outlining the experience within one month of their return to the United States. Grantees are also encouraged to write an article or submit photographs (or both) to be considered for publication in International Institute materials.