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Funding Opportunities

Contributions to the Department's annual fund play a critical role in sustaining selected activities and programs. The Department gratefully accepts contributions to a few specific areas.

The Sociology Department Strategic Fund (308214) is used to support short-term projects and to defray unforeseen, nonrecurring expenses.  In recent years these funds have been used primarily to defray the research expenses of our honor undergraduate and graduate students.

SOUL - Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership (328705) In Sociology, we recognize that first-generation college students at the University of Michigan face unusual social, academic, and financial challenges. But we also find that such students possess a unique set of qualifications and capabilities: curiosity, conscientiousness, persistence, risk-taking – in a word, grit. These are the characteristics of leaders. In order to nurture those characteristics, the Department of Sociology has created a program designed to cultivate and support our first-generation leaders in Sociology - Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leaders, or SOUL. Students in the program get paid Research Assistantships and faculty mentorship, attend the Barger Leadership Institute

(BLI) Leadership Lab, take a class only open to SOUL students, receive mentoring and tutoring from graduate students, have a peer mentor, and more. Scholarship support for SOUL will help the program continue to grow and ensure that a greater number of first-generation students are afforded the tools and opportunities to flourish.

The Sociology Graduate Fellowship Fund (311374) is used to recruit and support the best graduate students in the nation.  Funds are used to reduce the amount of teaching that students must do in order to support themselves throughout their program.  A strong graduate program is a critical component to maintaining our high national ranking.  

Checks should be made payable to "University of Michigan" and mailed to the Department. Please indicate the intended account on the memo line.

Gifts may also be made by credit card, online. To make sure your gift is given to the appropriate fund, please click on select areas to support link.  On this new page, scroll down, and click the box next to Sociology Strategic Fund, or click the box next to Other Area and type in Sociology Graduate Fellowship Fund (311374). Thank you for your support.