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Preview Event

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Fall Preview Event: Explore an Asian Studies Ph.D. at the University of Michigan

October 8 - 9, 2020*

*Due to COVID-19, all events will be held virtually.

The University of Michigan Asian Studies Ph.D. program invites juniors, seniors, recently graduated, or Master's students to participate in a series of virtual events to learn about our graduate program. We are eager to recruit students who will contribute to our department's mission of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in Asian Studies.

This event is a department funded opportunity to explore graduate education at the University of Michigan. Invited participants will take part in an admissions workshop, get acquainted with area studies resources such as the U-M Asia Library and International Institute, meet with world-renowned U-M faculty and current graduate students, and learn about fellowships and other resources offered by the Rackham Graduate School. During preview weekend, students will learn about:

  • the admissions process
  • fully-funded graduate programs
  • developing a research project
  • advanced language training
  • selecting a faculty advisor
  • what graduate school is like and how it all works


Please apply if you are a US citizen, permanent resident, or a DACA recipient. To qualify for this program, you must also meet one or more of the following criteria: 1) come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in Asian studies; 2) have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm, specifically efforts in the U.S to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.; 3) have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances; 4) are a first generation U.S. citizen or are the first generation in your family to graduate from a four-year college or university.

If you are interested in exploring the graduate program in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, but do not meet the eligibility criteria to participate in Fall Preview Weekend, please reach out to us at! We would be happy to answer your questions regarding the application process and academic life in the department.


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