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Financial Support

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers a competitive five-year funding package to all students admitted to the PhD program. The standard funding model is: 

Year 1: Pre-candidacy tuition and fees, stipend, yearly book award, health care, and a summer stipend.

Year 2: Fall and Winter Graduate Student Instructor position (includes full tuition waiver, stipend, and health care), yearly book award, and a summer stipend.

Year 3: Fall and Winter Graduate Student Instructor position (includes full tuition waiver, stipend, and health care), yearly book award, and a summer stipend.

Year 4: Candidacy tuition and fees, stipend, yearly book award, and health care.

Year 5: Fall and Winter Graduate Student Instructor position (includes full tuition waiver, stipend, and healthcare), and yearly book award.

The department has funding available for ALC graduate students beyond their initial admissions package. This ad hoc funding can be used for summer research, travel to conferences, language study, etc. ALC graduate students are also encouraged to apply for awards from the International Institute Centers, Rackham Graduate School, FLAS, and the department's competitive research awards: The Hide Shohara Fellowship, Charles and Myrl Hucker Research Award, and the Phillip Thomas Lincoln Memorial Endowment Fellowship.

For information on the cost of tuition at the University of Michigan, please refer to the Office of the Registrar website. The Rackham Graduate School also lists details regarding funding on their website. 

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Positions

The department offers several Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions in the Fall and Winter semesters. ALC graduate students are first considered for these positions and are contacted by the Graduate Program Coordinator about preferences and assignments in February (for Fall term) and in October (for Winter term). The remaining positions are then posted for two weeks in April (for the Fall term) and November (for the Winter term) for graduate students from outside of the department to apply. Postings can be found on careers.umich.edu under "Graduate Student Appointments."