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Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

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 Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship and Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship, are 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 Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship and Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship are 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:

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