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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 will be available on November 13.

Application Deadline:

February 15, 11:59 p.m. EST

Applicants are encouraged to visit the II Student Fellowships (IISF) Resource Page (available Nov. 13) prior to beginning the application process.

The II Student Fellowships Application (opens Dec. 1) 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
  • 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

Online Application available Dec. 1.

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 Sessions:

Advisers will detail the available awards and opportunities, review eligibility criteria, and provide tips on completing an application. Sessions will be held 1:00 - 2:00pm in 455 Weiser Hall.

  • November 13, 2019
  • December 11, 2019

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.