The department offers a financial package that funds the five years that a student is in the graduate program. This support package combines Research Fellowships and Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions for a total of 5 years of support. Both Research Fellowships and GSI Positions include tuition coverage in the Fall and Winter terms, a stipend or salary, and health insurance.
As a Research Fellow, students engage in their own research and research in collaboration with their faculty mentor in Psychology. As a Graduate Student Instructor, the student is employed to work with a faculty member in teaching a course. The financial offer is equivalent for all students admitted into any of the six areas of psychology with a few differences for the students in Clinical Psychology.
The graduate program is composed of two phases:
- The first two years when a student is taking courses and acquiring specific intellectual and research skills necessary to become a candidate for the Ph.D.
- Years 3–5 when a student is conducting their dissertation research and strengthening other skills.
Similarly, the support package is in two phases. During the first two years in the graduate program, a student is supported as a Research Fellow for 1.5 academic terms, and a GSI for 2.5 academic terms. The second term in the first year is split between teaching and Research Fellowship. During the first two summers, students are supported as Research Fellows. Support for subsequent years in the program is contingent on having achieved candidacy.
During years 3–5, students begin their dissertation research and have the opportunity to expand their teaching experiences with four additional terms of GSI support. Most students will be a GSI during the third and fourth years. In the final year, students are supported as a Research Fellow for two academic terms to facilitate the completion of their dissertation by the end of the fifth year. During years 3–5, students have one more summer of support in year 3 as a Research Fellow. Only health insurance is provided during the 4th summer. Mentors may be able to provide financial support during the 4th summer, and students should discuss this with their mentor.
Clinical Science Program
The Clinical Science Program requires that during years 3 or 4 the students complete a paid internship appointment at an agency in the Michigan Internship Consortium. Students will also be eligible to apply for a supplemental research stipend during the academic months in addition to the Intern duties, which will allow them to collect pilot data for the dissertation. Intern support will usually continue during the summer months, but this is independent of the department's offer. Most students will be a GSI during the year they are not completing their internship, and receive their 3rd summer Research Fellowship. During the academic months of year 5, students will be a GSI for the first term, and a Research Fellow for the final term.
Additional Funding Sources
While support is guaranteed as described for 5 years, all eligible students are expected to apply for funding from the National Science Foundation during their senior undergraduate year or first year of graduate school and other sources of funding throughout their graduate career. If a student receives funding from an external foundation or institute (NSF, NIMH, etc.), the department can combine funds in a way that will enhance the overall support package, and potentially reduce the teaching requirement.
NSF fellowships give three years of support, provide a larger stipend, and can reduce the teaching requirement to two terms. Information and application forms may be obtained from the National Science Foundation Fastlane website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who have entered the Biopsychology program are encouraged to apply for NIH or NIMH predoctoral fellowships. Further information can be found at the National Institutes of Health website.
An undergraduate who is seriously contemplating study at the doctoral level is well advised to explore the many sources of individual fellowship support available to outstanding students. No later than the end of their junior year, students should consult counselors at their undergraduate colleges or universities regarding fellowships available from both federal and private sources. Students who receive an individual fellowship may use it at any university to which they have been admitted. Many of these fellowships provide several years of support.
Rackham Funding Sources
Funding resources that includes Emergency Funds, Research grants, Conference Travel Grants.
External Funding Sources
This document provides a listing of funding sources outside of the Psychology Department.
Graduate Student Instructors
Please check the UMJobs website for Psychology GSI job postings.
In UMJobs, click on "Graduate Student Appointments," then sort by "Department" column to locate "LSA Psychology" job postings. Open the posting and read instructions carefully.
To be considered for a position, an applicant MUST complete 2 applications:
- Apply on UMJobs website (U of M application)
- Complete the Psychology GSI Application Form (link is provided in job posting)
Note: Students hired for GSI positions must attend REQUIRED TRAININGS (see job posting for details).
For more information, interested students should consult with Psychology Student Academic Affairs, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, or the Office of Financial Aid.