The International Institute Student Fellowships (IISF) 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.
2021 update: It is intended that IISF projects take place outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories, however, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, certain awards may allow for projects to be partly/wholly virtually conducted. Further information about virtual projects is available on each award's information page. All travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.
March 1, 2021 at 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:
- Rackham International Research Award
- African Studies Center Funding for Research or Internship Support in Africa
- Center for Armenian Studies Summer Research Grants
- Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Tinker Field Research Grants for Graduate Students
Please note: Eligibility requirements for specific awards vary, which applicants must carefully review prior to applying.
- IISF Application form
- 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
- 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
- All travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.
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.
Advisors are available by appointment throughout the fall and winter semesters.
- RIRA applicants, please visit the Online Scheduler and select an open day/time for an "IISF Advising Appointment."
- Applicants for II center awards should contact the individual center for more information (see links above).
Applications will be evaluated based 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. Results expected to be announced by the end of April.