Skip to Content

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.

Application Deadline:

February 15, 11:59 p.m. EST

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

The II Student Fellowships application (IISF) is the common application for several International Institute 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. The IISF Application will prompt applicants to select the award(s) for which they wish to apply.


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
  • Funding is not available for language study or service learning

Reporting Requirements: Grantees will be required to provide a brief report (2–5 pages) 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.

Eligible Project Categories


Academic Internships: Funding is available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to participate in international internships that are related to their degree progress. 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.

Research Projects: The fellowship also supports undergraduate and professional school students who are doing research abroad as part of their degree program. For the purposes of this award, research is defined as 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.  

Preliminary Dissertation Research: Additionally, the award provides support for preliminary visits to prospective overseas dissertation sites by graduate students who are planning doctoral research on topics in area and international studies. These awards are intended to enable students to develop a firm foundation for their research. Only Doctoral pre-candidates are eligible for this category. Doctoral candidates are not eligible and should apply for the Rackham International Research Award.  


Application Components:

  • application form
  • one recommendation letter
  • statement of purpose
  • project expense information
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • U-M transcript



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. Applicants should not assume they will receive an award, and should not purchase airline tickets before the awards are announced if they cannot cover the cost from other sources. Results will be announced by mid-April 2017.



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