Joint PhD Program Funding

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  1. (Rackham) King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, Future Faculty Program »

    This student-initiated application must be submitted directly to Rackham

    The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is funded by the State of Michigan and is intended to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Applications are encouraged from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations.

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  2. Doctoral Scholarship for Underrepresented Students »

    This fund provides support to doctoral students who meet one or more of the following criteria and who demonstrate unmet financial need due to a life crisis or some other foreseeable circumstance. Students may receive support from this fund in the amount of $1,000 per year per student. One student per year may receive support.

    • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
    • Have demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
    • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
    • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

    Doctoral Scholarship for Underrepresented Students Application »

  3. Gerontology Learning Community Small Funds »

    The University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Gerontology Learning Community has a limited fund to support MSW and
    PhD students to pursue learning opportunities that will expand their knowledge of aging or strengthen their competence to
    work with the older population. Three types of activities are eligible for support:

    1. Independent studies undertaken by oneself or a team
    2. Professional conferences or continuing education workshops
    3. Other learning activities that involve an ‘unexpected’ cost

    Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. If approved, each student will receive a maximum of $100 to deflate the cost
    associated with pursuing the learning activity. Only actual expenses are reimbursed so receipts are required. Criteria for
    approval are: (a) the activity must be related to aging issues, (b) the activity will strengthen student’s knowledge or
    competence in working with older adults, and (c) the activity involves expenses that are ‘extra’ to what is expected for the
    student.

    Gerontology Learning Community Small Funds Application »

  4. John & Penny Tropman Conference Networking Travel Grant »

    This travel grant is to support a doctoral student who would like to attend a conference for networking purposes who is not presenting at the conference. To be eligible for the award, a student must be in good standing in the Joint Doctoral Program.

    John & Penny Tropman Conference Networking Travel Grant Application »

  5. Rackham Conference Travel Grant »

    This student-initiated application must be submitted directly to Rackham.

    The Rackham Conference Travel Grant is intended to provide opportunities for Rackham graduate students to become familiar with, and participate in the life of, their academic professions. As part of its University-wide commitment to advancing international research and training, the International Institute provides funding for 30 awards to international destinations. The remainder of the funding comes from Rackham. You must submit your applications before the first day of the conference for travel through the end of the final term of registration. The conference may occur anytime up through your final semester of registration. Applications will not be considered for retroactive funding.

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  6. Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant »

    This student-initiated application must be submitted directly to Rackham.

    The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree.

    The grant is intended to defray costs of conducting clearly defined research projects including:

    • Research related expenses (e.g., subject fees, access to specialized data sets, purchase of archival materials or images, laboratory supplies that will be consumed in the course of the project)
    • Temporary research assistants or transcribers (NOTE: Requests for this type of expense must include a compelling explanation of why the student cannot perform the work him or herself.)
    • Research-based travel not associated with a course (e.g., off-campus data collection, access to libraries, archives or historical sites)
    • Purchasing laboratory equipment, field work equipment or specialized computer software (NOTE: This type of expense has some special limitations.)
    • Off-campus study of foreign languages needed for research. Proposals will be considered only if the instruction is not available on the U-M Ann Arbor campus. The relevance of the language studied to the student's research must be explained in the proposal.
    • Off-campus study of specialized methodologies or techniques needed for research. Proposals will be considered only if instruction in the methodologies and/or techniques is not available on the U-M Ann Arbor campus. (NOTE: An explicit paragraph explaining the relevance of the methodologies and/or techniques to the student's research must be included in the proposal.)
    • MFA and DMA students in Dance, Art and Design and Music are eligible for this funding to support a performance or exhibition as required by their graduate program. The presentation or performance must be central to the student's graduate studies and serve to satisfy the requirements of his or her degree.

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September Deadlines

  1. (Rackham) Harold and Vivian Shapiro/John Malik/Jean Forrest Awards »

    Department deadline: September 16, 2013
    Submit electronically to Todd Huynh thuynh@umich.edu

    These awards were established by Harold T. Shapiro, former President of the University of Michigan, and Vivian Shapiro, former faculty member at the University of Michigan, to assist graduate students with interest payments on unsubsidized educational loans. Dr. John Malik, a devoted Rackham alumnus in Physics, established an endowment for the same purpose. Jean Forrest earned her master’s degree from Rackham in 1976, and in gratitude for her education, established an endowed fund to support graduate students with financial need. All three awards are made through a single competition.

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  2. Rackham International Student Fellowship »

    Department deadline: September 16, 2013
    Submit electronically to Todd Huynh thuynh@umich.edu

    The Rackham International Student Fellowship assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. In addition the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship assists outstanding students in Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan. These fellowships will be awarded in a combined competition.

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  3. Rosemary Sarri Endowed Scholarship »

    Provides two scholarships, one for students in the MSW program and one for the students in the Joint PhD Program who have interest in social policy or community organization. Financial need shall be the primary selection criteria.

  4. The Henry J. Meyer Scholarship »

    The Henry J. Meyer scholarship award was established in 1987 to honor the original and long-time director of the Doctoral Program, Henry J. Meyer, under whose leadership the program was the first doctoral program in social work to integrate fully the intensive study of social work and a social science discipline. The major purposes of this award are (a) to help support and honor students in the Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science whose written work exemplifies the goals of the Program in relation to the integration of social work and social science, and (b) to encourage students to prepare such work for possible publication or conference presentation.

    Normally this award will be made annually. Papers submitted by students will be judged by the Supervising Committee on the extent to which they make an original contribution to the empirical or theoretical literature in a manner that integrates social work and social science.

    The Henry J. Meyer Scholarship Application »

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