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Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

International Studies majors, Courtney Caulkins and Zach Hampel, at El Camino in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, during CGIS intensive Spanish study abroad program.

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) extends financial support to University of Michigan students engaging in projects related to: human rights, international development, international security and cooperation, global health and environment, and comparative culture and identity. Specifically, the Program administers grants for study abroad, research, and internships to International Studies majors and minors in the form of Summer Research and Internship Grants and the Study Abroad Grants. In addition, the Rose Silverman Internship Fund supports international internships, the William Siegel and Margaret Swaine funds support Longwoods fellows for student internship and research abroad.

PICS also administers the Arctic Internship Fellowship, open to all University of Michigan undergraduate students; the International Human Rights Fellowship and Human Rights First Fellowship, specifically open to all LSA undergraduate students; and the Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship is open to undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline. PICS keeps track of all these various internship, research, and funding opportunities in and related to international issues on the PICS announcement blog. PICS is also a part of the International Institute which provides several additional funding opportunities to undergraduate students.


  • Only International Studies majors and minors are eligible to apply to PICS Study Abroad and PICS Summer Research and Internship Grants.
  • The Arctic Internship Fellowship is open to undergraduates in any discipline.
  • The International Human Rights Fellowship and Human Rights First Fellowship are open to LSA undergraduates in any discipline.
  • The Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship is open to undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline.
  • Graduating students and alumni are not eligible. You must be a continuing student with at least one remaining term of enrollment beyond the term in which your program abroad occurs.

Calls for Applications for Summer Funding

New calls are announced via email each year and will also be posted on this website. Please reach out to if you would like to inquire about additional information on PICS fellowships.


Applications for PICS Study Abroad Funding are open during designated times throughout the year for fall, winter, and summer U-M sponsored and organized study abroad programs. Please visit the MCompass application for more information.

Funding cycle for the following grants will open in MCompass:

Contact Information

U-M College of LSA International Travel Policy

All U-M students traveling abroad for university-related purposes (i.e., participating in study, research, or internship programs organized or supported by LSA departments/units or for which LSA in-residence credit is granted) are bound by the College of LSA International Travel Policy

To receive funding/credit for their international experiences, students are required to:

  • Register their travel in the MCompass Travel Registry
  • Purchase U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance and upload card to MCompass
  • Provide contact information in case of emergency on MCompass
  • Submit a safety plan if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning/Restriction destination. (Safety plans must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure and MUST be approved before funding can be released)

Learn more about the requirements and find travel resources on the LSA Travel website. You can also find additional resources on Global Michigan.