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Humanities Institute Graduate Student Fellowships

The application deadline is January 15, 2018 at 12 noon.

Overview of Application Process

Requirements/Instructions for Part 1: LSA E-GIF portion of application:

  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).

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

  • Click on “new funding proposal.”

  • In the “proposed title or purpose” field, enter “HI GRAD 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.

  • Important: Immediately notify your unit administrator that you have submitted your LSA E-GIF application. Your unit administrator must acknowledge your application in the LSA E-GIF system in order for it to reach the Humanities Institute by January 15, 2018 at 12 noon.

Requirements/Instructions for Part 2: Recommendation Form portion of application:

  1. Two recommendations are required

  2. One recommendation must be from your dissertation advisor

  3. The second recommendation must be from a faculty member in another department or program other than the student’s home department. A recommendation from a faculty member holding a joint appointment that includes the student’s home department is allowed. Letters may also come from faculty at other universities.

Use the following steps for the recommendation portion of application:

  • Make 2 copies of the blank recommendation form.

  • Fill out and sign the top portion of each recommendation form.

  • Send a filled-out recommendation form to each recommender along with a copy of your dissertation statement and a copy of your graduate education statement.

  • Recommenders should fill out and sign the bottom portion of the recommendation form, then email the recommendation form and the letter of recommendation to

  • Important: Be sure to remind your recommenders that the recommendation form needs to be signed by them, as well as you.

Recipients will be notified by March 6, 2018.

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