The Department provides six years of full financial support for all students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program, subject to satisfactory progress and teaching.
Summer support is offered to students in their first three years. Students who have achieved candidacy can receive summer support, and gain professional experience, teaching their own seven week introductory or intermediate-level courses.
The Department also provides funds for travel to professional conferences. The Bolter Fund helps meet occasional professional or personal needs. To approve reimbursements, the University requires students to complete and submit Student Payment Form to the Philosophy office staff.
Continuing students are urged to apply as well for competitive University fellowships. These include Humanities Institute Fellowhips and IRWG Community Scholars Fellowships. Since 1984 sixteen Michigan philosophy graduate students have received the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowships in ethics, administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.