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U-M Graduate Student Fellowships & Support

Humanities Institute Graduate Student Fellowships

The application deadline is January 20, 2017.

The Institute for the Humanities, founded in 1987, promotes interdisciplinary research and discourse in the humanities and the arts. The central function of the institute is to form an intellectual community of faculty and graduate student fellows from various departments who will spend a year in residence in the institute pursuing their research and participating in a cross-disciplinary, non-public weekly seminar. We seek applicants working in humanities research areas who demonstrate capacity to contribute to and gain from interdisciplinary exchange through the fellows seminar. Applicants whose humanities research involves innovative approaches supported through digital methodologies and environments are also encouraged to apply.

The institute has a faculty director and a small staff who manages the program and facilitates research by the resident fellows. To the core community formed by the faculty and graduate student fellows, we add several distinguished visiting fellows who typically join us for one to five weeks.

Each fellow has furnished office space and a personal computer at the institute’s quarters in the South Thayer Building. Graduate student fellows receive a stipend of $3,060 per month for ten months, beginning in either July or September, according to the individual fellow’s preference. The institute pays each fellow’s candidacy tuition and fees for the fall and winter terms and GradCare health insurance for the fellowship period.

A committee of U-M faculty, chaired by the institute’s director, selects graduate student fellows for a ten-month fellowship. 

1. Graduate student fellows are in residence for the year
2. Graduate student fellows attend the weekly two-hour fellows seminar

1. Applicants must be University of Michigan students and have attained candidacy at the time of application or provide a letter from their department vouching for the fact that they have successfully completed all of the requirements for candidacy
2. Former or current holders of Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships are not eligible for Institute for the Humanities’ graduate student fellowships. Current applicants may certainly apply for both awards. A person who wins both awards must choose one or the other by the stated deadline.
3. Applicants with other fellowship obligations for the coming year, even for one term, are ineligible to apply

1. Promise of dissertation project and strength of academic record
2. Evidence of progress on the dissertation project, typically one or two chapters of the dissertation drafted and accepted or near acceptance at the time of application
3. Interest in interdisciplinary work, as shown by the dissertation project and the applicant’s breadth of academic experience
4. Humanities content of the project
5. Letters of support:
     a. One letter must be from the dissertation chair
     b. One letter from a faculty member in a department or program other than the student’s home department (a letter of support from a faculty member holding a joint appointment that includes the home department is acceptable).
     c. Letters may come from faculty at other universities
6. Please note: The selection committee seeks to achieve variety and balance of disciplines in selecting the fellows


The deadline for receipt of applications is January 20, 2017. Applications must be approved by your unit administrator so that the Humanities Institute receives the application by January 20, 2017. Please be sure to notify your unit administrator of your application submission in order to ensure timely approval and receipt by the Humanities Institute deadline.

All applications must be submitted through the LSA E-GIF funding portal.

Use the following steps when applying via LSA E-GIF:

  • Click on “new funding proposal”
  • In the “proposed title or purpose” field, enter “HI GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP-your name.” (Do not enter anything else here.)
  • In the “proposal overview” field, enter your dissertation title.
  • Click on the “continue” button at the bottom of the page to move to next page.
  • On the next page, ensure only the “Humanities Institute Graduate Student Fellowship” button is clicked.
  • Click on the “continue” button at the bottom of the page to move to next page.
  • Upload all required attachments for the application process to continue.
  • Click “SAVE” then submit your application. You will receive an email acknowledging your application has been received.


  1. Fellowship Application Cover Sheet (signed)
  2. Current Curriculum vitae (Previous education, all colleges and universities attended, including U-M, major field, years, degrees awarded and date of degree expected, major scholarships and fellowships you have previously held-award title, institution, and years, major academic recognition, honors, and memberships-include honor societies, professional papers and presentations)
  3. Dissertation description statement (1500 word limit with some attention to your methodology and to the significance of the project)
  4. Graduate education description (1000 word limit with particular reference to the breadth of your experience and interests, and why you think you would profit intellectually from your association with the Humanities Institute)
  5. Writing sample (6000 word limit, excluding footnotes & bibliographies. The writing sample is normally a chapter of the dissertation that is substantially polished. If providing musical or visual work samples , place them on a website and then provide a URL link as a file)
  6. Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  7. Other attachments (use only to add proof of candidacy letter from department when it is not listed on transcript)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Two Letters of recommendation

IMPORTANT: Make copies of the blank recommendation form, sign and send each recommender the form along with a copy of your dissertation statement and a copy of your graduate education statement. 

  1. Two letters of recommendation sent by email to, must be received:
    1. One from your dissertation advisor
    2. The second from a faculty member in another department or program other than the student’s home department. A letter of support from a faculty member holding a joint funded appointment that includes the student’s home department is allowed. Letters may come from faculty at other universities.
    3. The signed fellowship recommendation form accompanies each letter (be sure to remind your recommenders that the recommendation form needs to be signed by them, as well as you.)

March 15, 2017 is the approximate notification date.

Winners normally notify the institute of their acceptance of the fellowship within two weeks of receiving the offer.


The Institute for the Humanities co-sponsors a wide variety of faculty and graduate student projects in the College of Literature, Science, and the Art and the broader university—all of which serve to strengthen intellectual and cultural life on campus and beyond. The events we fund through minigrants must have a component open to the public, thus supporting our mission to bring the voices of the humanities to public life. Only University of Michigan faculty and graduate students can apply for minigrants.

  • All Michigan faculty and graduate students are eligible to apply for mini grants.
  • Applications may be made at any time and must include a proposal, a budget, and a list of other funding sources, actual and/or solicited.
  • A condition of funding is that the event have a component open to the university public (no grants will be awarded to entirely closed workshops, courses, etc.).
  • Awardees must acknowledge the institute’s support in their publicity and submit a report to the institute at the end of the project.
  • Funds will be disbursed upon receipt of the report; if this presents a hardship, exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Applying for a Mini-Grant

  • Lecturers and graduate students should apply through a faculty member.
  • LSA tenured and tenure-track faculty should apply through eGiF (Electronic Gateway to Internal Funding).
  • Other tenured and tenure-track faculty should apply by email to institute director Sidonie Smith at

GTC+ Grants

The Institute for the Humanities will offer small grants ($200-400) to support projects for GTC+ (graduate student certificate in teaching with digital media) students pursuing Requirement I (“Networking”) to collaborate with U-M faculty members to design or implement digital media-focused learning activities for the faculty member’s course. The project should require in the range of 10-25 hours of effort from the GTC+ student. To apply, submit a paragraph (1) describing the course and project and (2) estimating the number of hours the student will spend on the project, with an explanation of how that time will be spent. Include a budget request for $200-400 as a stipend for the GTC+ student.

Visit the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching for more information and to apply.

Graduate Student Teaching and Research Resources

The following is a list of campus-wide resources for honing research and teaching competencies of graduate students in the humanities. It is constantly being updated. If you would like to suggest a resource to add to the list, please contact


Poetry & Poetics Workshop

The Poetry & Poetics Workshop is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop committed to providing a forum in which professors and graduate students can exchange work in progress and explore recent work in the fields of poetry, poetics, and lyric theory.

German Studies Colloquium

The German Studies Colloquium is an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship in German Studies that brings speakers, writers, filmmakers and artists from across the U.S. and Europe together in conversation with graduate students. Every winter term, the Colloquium takes the form of a credit-bearing course, entailing the above activities in addition to dissertation chapter presentations and professional development.

Architecture Doctoral Studies Colloquium

The Architecture Doctoral Studies Colloquium features new research currently under development at the Taubman College. Architecture faculty, cognate faculty, and advanced doctoral students present current work in cultural history, environmental technology, material systems, media studies, spatial politics, structural design, theories of space, and urban history. The Colloquium also hosts job talks and curated conversations on issues and concerns specific to area specializations and affiliated fields in the humanities across campus.

U-M Library Digital Scholarship Workshops

The Digital Scholarship Workshop Series provides a welcoming environment for faculty, staff, and students to learn and ask questions about new research methodologies utilizing digital research tools.

U-M Library Copyright Office Workshops

The Copyright Office staff gives presentations on copyright basics, Creative Commons, open access, data sharing, and scholarly communication.

U-M Teaching and Technology Collaborative Workshops

The Teaching and Technology Collaborative (Teachtech) works to help graduate students and faculty learn and incorporate technology into their research and teaching.