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Fellowships & Grants

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. In addition to the awards below, the II Centers & Programs offer funding opportunties.  

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Deadline: TBA

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships are only for a narrow range of students in certain PhD programs who need to conduct 6-12 months of dissertation research abroad.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (IIE)

Deadline: August 31, 2018

The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. State Department, makes fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Luce Scholars Program

Deadline: October 10, 2017

The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship  

Deadline: January 15

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.

Boren Fellowships for International Study

Deadline: January 30, 2018, 5pm EST

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.

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.

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.

II Conference Travel Grants

Deadline: Rolling (applications should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of planned travel, 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.

II Support for Events

  • Issues in the Headlines
    The International Institute contributes to the support of events that make substantial contributions to international learning on the University of Michigan campus and in the Ann Arbor community.
    Deadline: Rolling (application must be submitted no more than 30 days in advance of the proposed activity)
  • II Fund for Conferences and Workshops
    The International Institute contributes to the support of conferences and workshops that make substantial contributions to international learning on the University of Michigan campus and in the Ann Arbor community.These funds are also available to undergraduate student groups. Groups wishing to apply must have a faculty sponsor who will fill out the application and vouch for the event. 
    Deadline: Rolling 
    (application must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the proposed activity)
  • II Fund for Performances, Films, and Exhibitions
    The International Institute Fund for Performances, Films, and Exhibitions provides support for performances, films and related programs, exhibitions, etc. that make substantial contributions to international learning on the U-M campus and beyond.  These funds are also available to undergraduate student groups. Groups wishing to apply must have a faculty sponsor who will fill out the application and vouch for the event. 
    Deadline: Rolling
     (application must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the proposed activity)