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LRCCS Discretionary Funding

Fellowship Description

LRCCS has a limited amount of discretionary funds per year for time sensitive and emergent situations. Awards will be made on a case-by-case basis. Doctoral students are limited to two (2) Discretionary Funding awards and Master’s students are limited to one (1) Discretionary Funding award during their graduate career.

Requirements & Eligibility

  • All graduate students engaged in China-related research at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply.
  • Processing for approved discretionary funds may take at least three weeks or more.
  • Awards may be up to $1,500 each.
  • Complete an LRCCS Discretionary Funding Application and submit the application to the LRCCS associate director and staff representative at Before applying for discretionary funds, students are encouraged to speak to their faculty advisors and the graduate chairs of their programs. These individuals may be able to help identify sources of financial assistance and/or provide useful advice.
  • The online application includes the following
    1. Brief statement describing the short term funding situation or one-time, unusual or unforeseen expense and the total dollar amount of funds being requested. (1,000 words)
    2. Budget detailing the amount of funding requested, an itemized list of how the funds will be used, and the current financial situation including existing sources of income.                                        
  • A supporting email from the student’s advisor should be submitted to the LRCCS associate director and staff representative at confirming that the other funding sources are unavailable. 

Applications from students are reviewed on a rolling basis once the application is complete.

Cost Sharing
Students are expected whenever possible to seek additional funding or cost-sharing from other units, especially their home departments, Rackham Fellowship Office, and the International Institute.

Funding Criteria
Discretionary funds are subject to availability. If funds run short, priority may be given to students with cost-sharing from other units and those with a demonstrated commitment to Chinese studies. All discretionary funding requests will be approved by the Associate Director in consultation with the Director, along with possible consultation with the LRCCS Executive Committee, if necessary.

Please e-mail to  or send to Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 500 Church Street, Suite 400, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042