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Fellowships & Grants

To speak with a fellowships advisor, please explore the funding options below to learn requirements before making an appointment with an advisor through the online scheduler.

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. All travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

The following opportunities are listed with generic application timelines; please visit the individual funding opportunity page for the official dates associated with the program this year. 

Boren Fellowships for International Study

Deadline: January 15

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship  

Deadline: February 1

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) and U-M units fund these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act.

US/ED Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Deadline: March 20

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships provide opportunities for PhD candidates to engage in 6-12 months of full-time dissertation research abroad in non-Western-European area studies and less commonly taught modern foreign languages.

II Student Fellowships (IISF)

Deadline: February 15

The International Institute Student 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. Certain awards may allow for virtual projects in 2022, see page for details.

Rackham International Research Award (RIRA)

Deadline: February 15

The Rackham International Research Awards (RIRA) supports terminal master's and doctoral candidates conducting degree-related research outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Review eligibility requirements, selection criteria, selection process, and application procedure on Rackham Graduate School's website.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Campus Deadline: August 27, 2023
National Deadline: October 10, 2023 at 5:00pm Eastern Time (no exceptions)

In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad.

Luce Scholars Program

Campus Deadline: Mid-September
National Deadline: Mid-October

The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia each year.

II Conference Travel Grants

Deadline: Rolling (applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of planned conference, if possible)

The International Institute Conference Travel Grants provide supplemental travel support for graduate and professional school students who are presenting papers at conferences in the U.S.A. and its territories. Special COVID-19 allowances: applicants may apply for funding to cover registration fees to participate in virtual events.

II Fund for U-M Conferences and Workshops

Deadline: Rolling

Graduate students and faculty can apply for support for research-related conferences, symposia, and workshops in area and international studies.  

In addition to the awards below, centers and programs at the International Institute offer funding opportunities. Please visit individual center websites for more information.