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Joint PhD Program Funding

Rolling Deadlines

  1. Doctoral Scholarship for Underrepresented Students »

    Submit electronically to Laura Thomas lshirley@umich.edu

    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 $1,125 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;
    • Has 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

  2. John & Penny Tropman Conference Networking Travel Grant »

    Submit electronically to Laura Thomas lshirley@umich.edu

    The John & Penny Tropman Conference Networking Travel Grant carries a value of $500. 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

  3. 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.

    Learn more and apply for the Rackham Conference Travel Grant

  4. 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.)
    • M.F.A. and D.M.A. 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.

    Learn more and apply for the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant

September Deadlines

  1. Rackham International Student Fellowship »

    Department deadline: September 9, 2020

    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.

    Learn more apply for the Rackham International Student Fellowship

  2. The Henry J. Meyer Scholarship »

    Department deadline: September 21, 2020

    Submit electronically to Todd Huynh thuynh@umich.edu

    The Henry J. Meyer scholarship award was established by alumni and friends 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

  3. Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Endowed Scholarship for Doctoral Student Research »

    Department deadline: September 23, 2020

    Submit electronically to Laura Thomas lshirley@umich.edu

    This Scholarship was established by James L. and Vivian A. Curtis. It supports doctoral students whose research focuses on minority populations with low income and education, with a preference for research on issues faced by African American males.

    Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Endowed Scholarship for Doctoral Student Research Application

  4. W. K. Kellogg Family Endowed Fellowship »

    Department deadline: September 28, 2020

    Submit electronically to Laura Thomas lshirley@umich.edu

    This award was established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation along with matching funds provided by the Ann and Robert Lurie Family Foundation. It is awarded to students in the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science with a research interest in advancing the understanding of issues relevant to improving the well-being of children, youth and their families.

    W. K. Kellogg Family Endowed Fellowship Application

October Deadlines

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

    Rackham deadline: October 19, 2020

    Submit electronically to Rackham

    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.

    Learn more and apply for the Harold and Vivian Shapiro/John Malik/Jean Forrest Awards

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