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International Institute Student Fellowships

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. 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.


Advisors are available by appointment throughout the fall and winter semesters.   

To schedule an appointment, please visit the Online Scheduler and select an open day/time for an "IISF Advising Appointment."   

IISF Resource Page

Application Deadline:

February 15, 11:59 p.m. EST

Applicants are encouraged to visit the II Student Fellowships (IISF) Resource Page prior to beginning the application process.

The II Student Fellowships Application is the common application for several fellowships, including some from II centers. The IISF Application must be used to apply for any of the following awards:

Please note: Eligibility requirements for specific awards vary, which applicants must carefully review prior to applying.   

Application Components:

  • application form (the application will open December 1, 2020)
  • one recommendation letter
  • statement of purpose
  • project expense sheet
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • U-M transcript
  • letter of invitation or description of in country resources

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U-M Ann Arbor student, regardless of citizenship, enrolled in a degree program.
  • Students graduating before the start of the project are not eligible
  • Student must return to campus for at least one term prior to graduation
  • Internship or research projects must be: at least one month in length, 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

Reporting Requirements:

Grantees will be required to provide a brief report 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. Additional requirements may apply depending on award.

Information Session/Webinar:

We recorded the IISF information session/webinar that was held on Dec. 11, 2019. The presentation details the available awards and opportunities, reviews eligibility criteria, and provides tips on completing an application. Please note that this info session pertained to the 2020 application cycle, and that funding may change for the upcoming cycle. 

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. Results will be announced by mid-April.


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