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Arctic Internship Fellowship

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


The Arctic Internship Fellowship provides funding for University of Michigan undergraduate students to complete internships that students secure from reputable organizations, to create independent student-designed research projects, to intern with the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK), or to intern through a research internship with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Arctic and Northern Studies Program.

Past applicants have studied in disciplines that include: anthropology, chemistry, environment, ecology, evolutionary biology, history, international studies, medical anthropology, neuroscience, political science, and public policy.

Grants of up to $2,000 to will be awarded to a limited number of students. Funding can be used by the student to pay travel and living expenses. These funds are primarily intended for students working unpaid, but if students are being paid, it is possible to receive funding to offset expenses not covered by the host organization.


Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan from any department may apply. Students graduating in winter/spring/summer of 2022 are not eligible to apply.

Options for Fellowship

Application Process

Students should apply for this fellowship opportunity via M-Compass. Please clearly indicate which option of the Arctic Internship Fellowship you intend to pursue in your M-Compass application.


Funding for all positions in the Arctic is available from PICS.


Applications are due on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Contact Information

Read more about the internships, research, and projects of past Fellows.  

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.