At any given time, there are some two dozen or so students in the program. While most are in residence in Ann Arbor, some may be abroad at foreign schools and institutes, or in the field collecting dissertation data. IPCAA students frequently win fellowships and other awards for travel and research abroad. They are also active in paper presentation, organizing conferences and exhibits, and publishing material.
Students in the IPCAA program are formally enrolled in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at Michigan, and thus follow the rules and regulations of that body.