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Funding

ALC Graduate Student Funding

Upon admission, ALC PhD students are guaranteed ten terms of LSA/departmental funding along with two terms of Tuition-only fellowships. 

Current graduate students are welcome to seek additional sources of funding for independent research, projects, fellowships, program development and other scholarly activities. For questions about funding, please contact the student services team at alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Non-Departmental Funding Resources

Students are encouraged to seek non-departmental funding when appropriate. University resources include the Rackham Graduate School, the International Institute, and the relevant International Institute Centers. Rackham also provides links to possible external resources. Any non-departmental funding resources/fellowships that are advertised to departments are forwarded to our graduate students via the Graduate Program Coordinator.

The Graduate Program Coordinator should be notified of any non-departmental funding you secure while within the program. This is especially important if it will replace a term of your guaranteed funding package. 

Tuition-only Fellowships

To aid in compliance with the Continuous Enrollment policy, LSA provides additional financial assistance to students through tuition-only fellowships. These fellowships are in addition to the five-year guaranteed funding package from the Department. Upon achieving candidacy, ALC students are allotted two of these fellowships to be used during their remaining time in the graduate program. Each fellowship provides 100% tuition coverage and healthcare benefits for one term.

The scenarios when tuition-only fellowships are used vary, but typically students will use one of the fellowships when they have secured external funding for living expenses, research, and travel but need coverage of their University of Michigan tuition. The only time a student cannot use a tuition-only fellowship is in the semester in which s/he defends the dissertation.
 

Departmental Awards and Fellowships

Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr. Memorial Endowment Fellowship

The Lincoln Fellowship is intended to help support travel for advanced research in Asia. Funds may be used in conjunction with other awards from the Department and other sources internal and external to the University of Michigan. The fellowship is open to all PhD students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Applicants must present a plan to perform research in Asia, to begin no more than nine months from the date the funds are awarded. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students who have achieved candidacy or will achieve candidacy by the date their proposed research project is to begin. One award of $4,000 will be given each year. All application materials are due by March 15. See the Student Services Assistant for details. 

Hide Shohara Fellowship

The Hide Shohara Fellowship is intended to support PhD students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures by providing funding for educational expenses. The award may be used in conjunction with other awards from the Department as well as sources internal or external to the University of Michigan. Applicants must have a record of excellence within the program and be in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students who will use the award to support dissertation writing or research. Up to two awards are given annually. All application materials are due by February 1. See the Student Services Assistant for details. 

Charles and Myrl Hucker Research Award

The Charles and Myrl Hucker Research Award is intended to recognize a graduate student in the area of Chinese studies. Funds may be used in conjunction with other awards from the Department and other sources internal and external to the University of Michigan. The award is open to all Doctoral students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Preference will be given to students who have achieved candidacy or will achieve candidacy by the beginning of the following academic term. One award of $6,000 will be given each year. All application materials are due by March 15. See the Student Services Assistant for details. 

 

Emergency Funding

The Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program. You can find out more on the Rackham website

Through their counseling program, the Center for the Education of Women awards small emergency grants to graduate students and nontraditional undergraduates, including parents and returning students, who face serious and unexpected financial problems. To apply for a "critical difference" grant, call (734) 764-6360 to make an appointment with a counselor.