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Funding Resources

International Studies students on an excursion experience in Snowdonia, Wales, during study abroad experience at the University of Oxford.

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) supports University of Michigan undergraduate students who study, intern, or conduct research abroad.


Only International Studies majors and minors are eligible to apply for PICS Study Abroad and Summer Research and Internship Grants. The Arctic Internship Fellowship is open to all University of Michigan undergraduate students; the International Human Rights Fellowship and Human Rights First Fellowship are specifically open to all LSA undergraduate students; the Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship is open to all University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students. 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.

Year Round Funding Opportunities

Study Abroad Funding
PICS offers limited funding for International Studies majors and minors at the University of Michigan who will be participating in a formal, for credit, U-M sponsored and organized, study abroad program during the academic year or summer. 

Summer Funding Opportunities

PICS Summer Research and Internship Grants
For International Studies majors and minors planning summer internship or research abroad. Students will need to show verification that their internship assignment was secured from a reputable organization.

Arctic Internship Fellowship
For undergraduates from any major seeking spring break or summer internships/research opportunities with a focus on the Arctic.

International Human Rights Fellowship
For LSA undergraduates from any major seeking a summer internship focused on international human rights.

Human Rights First Fellowship
For LSA undergraduates from any major seeking a summer internship focused on international human rights.

Human Trafficking or Social Justice Law Clinic Fellowship
For any undergraduate or graduate student seeking a summer internship focused on international human rights. 

Contact Information:

International Institute Funding Resources

FLAS Language Study Fellowships
PICS is a member of the International Institute (II) which administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program at Michigan. FLAS fellowships provide tuition and stipend support to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. FLAS fellowships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students and are awarded through competitions organized by the II and its constituent area studies centers.

The International Institute also provides financial support each year to encourage international research and study. This funding includes fellowships and grants for faculty and student research and internships abroad, as well as support for conferences and events on the Michigan campus. The II is also a source of guidance and administrative support to U-M applicants for national fellowships, such as the Fulbright and Luce awards.

U-M Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships

The mission of U-M's Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) is to increase both the diversity and competitiveness of U-M students applying to major national scholarships and fellowships while helping all applicants to develop into self-aware leaders and citizens who have specific plans to challenge the present and transform the future. 

The ONSF website is intended to provide a single, comprehensive source of information for students seeking nationally- and internationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships. Advising and nomination for these programs is occasionally housed in other U-M units (e.g. the Fulbright Office in the International Institute or Peace Corps office in the International Center). Please review the ONSF website for more information and to search national fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

LSA Scholarship Office

The LSA Scholarship Office works to serve undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts by awarding need-based scholarships. They help provide students access to academic classes, internships, and study abroad opportunities through various scholarship programs and opportunities found on the LSA Scholarship Office website