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PICS Summer Research and Internship Grants

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) announces a call for applications from undergraduate students at the University of Michigan who have declared the International Studies major or minor and are planning to intern or conduct research abroad during summer 2018.

PICS seeks applications from International Studies majors or minors for grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 towards summer research or internships abroad. Applicants for research grants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research; applicants for internships should be prepared to identify the venue for their internship in a governmental agency, business, or non-governmental institution abroad, and must have documentation showing internship is secured. Funding can be used for air travel, local transportation, room and board, research expenses, fees for educational opportunities, and visa fees. Students in their last year of study (graduating in winter 2018 or spring/summer 2018) are not eligible to apply. Project date must be between May 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018.

Students are asked to indicate area of interest/study:

  • human rights
  • international development
  • international security and cooperation
  • global health
  • global environment
  • comparative culture and identity

Visit the U-M International Center or LSA International Internship Program for internship and/or research opportunities.

Applicants must submit application via MCompass.

A written report based on the project will be required by September 1, 2018.

Please visit the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance website for more information. Current cost is $1.10/day plus a $5 administrative cost.


Applications are due on March 16, 2018 (for Summer 2018).

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Looking for a unique summer opportunity? Check out PICS-sponsored Arctic Internships, the Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship, and the International Human Rights Fellowship, and the Human Rights First Fellowship.