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Samo Alajbegović Fellowships

Helena Ratté (History ’17) spent seven weeks in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she researched circular migration between the country and Germany. Conducting human subject and archival research, Helena wanted to learn about the emigration and return migration of Gastarbeiter, foreign or migrant workers who moved to West Germany in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the migrants who relocated in response to the 1992-1995 war. She wanted a better understanding of current-day and historical attitudes in Germany toward foreign migrants, the nature of Bosnia’s relationship with its diaspora, and the hybrid and transnational identities that have been created and shaped by these migrants’ experiences.

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Samo Alajbegović Fellowships

Description: The International Institute is pleased to offer summer grants to help fund research and internship opportunities in the fields of marine biology, biology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and the humanities, for undergraduate students in the College of LSA  in the Northern Mediterranean region, namely Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and  Bosnia and Herzegovina. The grant recipients will be known as Alajbegović Fellows.

Awards:  The International Institute will award several Alajbegović Fellowships this year.  Each award will be a maximum of $5,000.   

Deadline:  11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2017The online applicationincluding 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.

Eligibility Criteria:  U-M undergraduate students majoring in one of the following concentrations are eligible:  Cultural Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Classical Language and Literature, Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies, History, History of Art, International Studies students in the Comparative Culture and Identity, and Global Environment and Health tracks, and Program in the Environment (PITE). 

Priority will be given to trips taking place during spring/summer 2017.  Language study may be funded only if the language is a classical language of the Mediterranean.  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, and meet all requirements of the University Travel Policy and the Institutional Review Board.  Funding is not available for service learning.

Project types:  Funds may be used for academic internships or field research, including research in support of senior honors thesis.  For the purposes of this award, research is defined as senior 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.  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.


Application Submission: 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.

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.  Results will be announced by mid-April 2017.

Contact:  Interested applicants may contact or 734-763-9200 with questions.

Advising: Advisors are available for advising appointments, which may be in-person, via phone, or Google Chat. To schedule an appointment, please choose a time from the advising schedule.