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Prospective Students


Applications for Fall 2023 will open in early September 2022. The deadline to submit your Anthropology PhD application is December 1, 2022. 

Make sure to check the Rackham and Covid-19 website for updates and changes. 

Application Information

Michigan's Anthropology Ph.D. Program takes an average of 7 years to complete. We do not offer a terminal Master's degree program.

Application Fee Waivers Available

Based on the following criteria, if you believe you qualify for an application fee waiver, contact Provide proof and explain, in a brief e-mail, your qualifications for a fee waiver. In order to be able to process your requests, the deadline to submit a fee waiver is two weeks before the admission deadline. For Fall 2023, it is November 17, 2022. 

Fee waivers are limited.

Application Fee Waiver Criteria:
1. You have a record of superior academic achievement;

2. You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 

(Fee waivers are also available for international students under similar guidelines, besides needing to be a U.S. Citizen.)

AND must meet one or more of the following:

a) Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented, in graduate study, in your discipline, in the United States or at the University of Michigan;

b) Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through your work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;

c) Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;

d) Are a first generation U.S. citizen or first generation in your family to graduate from a four- year college. Please keep in mind race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin may not be used as criteria for requesting an application fee waiver.

Joint Programs

FLAS Fellowships Reminder

The FLAS application deadline is January 15th (11:59 p.m. EST). When completing the application, please list as the contact for Anthropology graduate program admissions so that your graduate application will be uploaded to your FLAS application.

Are you locked out of your graduate application (Friend Account)?

Contact Rackham Graduate Admissions at 734-764-8129 or to have your access unlocked.

Admissions Questions?

Email us at