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Summer Funding

PICS Summer Research and Internship Grants

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

Clara Li, BA International Studies '18, on PICS funded summer internship in Israel.

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) encourages 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 the summer to apply for PICS Summer Research and Internship Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000.

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 2022 or spring/summer 2022) are not eligible to apply. Project date must be between May 1, 2022 and August 31, 2022.

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

Please explore the U-M International Center website or the LSA Opportunity Hub Network website for internship and/or research opportunities.

Applicants must submit an application via M-Compass.

A written report based on the experience will be required by August 26, 2022.

For information on health insurance abroad, please visit the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance website.


Applications are due on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (for Summer 2022).

Contact information

Looking for a unique summer opportunity? Check out the Arctic Internship FellowshipInternational Human Rights FellowshipHuman Rights First Fellowship, and the Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship.

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.