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Resources for Graduate Students

EARTH Grad Students: Where to go when you have a question or concern 

Earth and Environmental Sciences Covid-19 Resources

Rackham's COVID-19 Resources for Graduate Students


Wolverine Access

This is the University's web portal and it's your first stop for most of the things you will need to do. For prospective students, you will check your application status and accept admission here. As a U-M student, go to Wolverine Access to check your student account, register for classes, update your address, etc.


CRLT Resources for Graduate Students

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching has a number of resources for graduate students. You can find a link to the GSI Guidebook here, as well as information about the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate Program.

The “Preparing Future Faculty” seminar is an annual program for senior students who plan to pursue a career in academia.


Turner Student Grant

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Scott Turner Awards are funded by income from an endowment established by a bequest from the estate of Dr. Scott Turner. Applications are due October 28. An announcement is sent to students in the Department by the chair of the faculty review committee.

The Graduate Turner Award is intended to support graduate student research projects in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and to provide a forum where students can acquire practice in competitive grant writing. The maximum award is $2500. To be eligible for this grant, a student must be enrolled as a PhD or MS student in Earth and Environmental Sciences, working with Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty.


Rackham Graduate School


Rackham Research Grants

The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. The grant is intended to defray costs of conducting clearly defined research projects.

  • Doctoral Precandidates are eligible for an award up to $1,500
  • Doctoral Candidates are eligible for an award up to $3,000
  • Master's students are eligible for an award up to $1,500


Rackham International Research Grant

The Rackham International Research Awards (RIRA) is designed to support support doctoral and master’s students conducting degree-related research outside the United States and Puerto Rico. There is no preference for particular fields of study and Rackham and the International Institute aim to fund a diverse array of students and projects. Deadline for application: February 18, 2018 for projects taking place between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Maximum award is $10,000.


Rackham Conference Travel Grants

Rackham offers small travel grants to students who are presenting at conferences, in two categories: domestic and international. NOTE: the Rackham travel grant deadlines are not flexible!


Rackham Professional Development Grants

A Rackham Professional Development Grant is intended to support Rackham doctoral students seeking careers both within and outside academia. This funding is to support short-term experiences that promote the development of professional skills which will further a student’s career goals.


Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds

The Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program.


Rackham Grad Life Web Site

Rackham's graduate student life web site has links to information about housing, health care, transportation, childcare, etc.  See also the Rackham Welcome to Ann Arbor website for useful links, including Arts & Culture.


Rackham Resources for Graduating Students

As students near the completion of their graduate studies, they might be thinking about "what happens now," as it relates to a variety of topics, including insurance coverage and access to campus services. To help address these questions, Rackham developed a frequently asked questions page for graduating students. Read more...



New International Student Fee FAQ

Effective Fall 2019, the University implemented a fee of $500 per semester for enrolled international students studying in Ann Arbor with F or J visa status.  Consistent with the terms of their offers of admission, the university will cover the fee for all Ph.D. students in good academic standing. In addition, the university will cover the fee for students appointed as GSIs or GSSAs, in accordance with the Graduate Employees’ Organization collective bargaining agreement.



Health Insurance and University Health Service

Graduate students who are employed as a grad student research assistant (GSRA), grad student instructor (GSI), or who are on fellowship are eligible for the University's GradCare health insurance. See the GradCare webpage for more info. 

University Health Service is the campus infirmary. Most students use UHS as their primary care facility. See the website for more information.



Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for students. To make an appointment for counseling, call 734-764-8312, or visit the CAPS website, for more information about their services and to view staff biographies and graduate student-specific services.

CAPS has an embedded counselor at Rackham: Dr. Laura Monschau, works specifically with graduate students. To schedule an appointment, email her at All counseling services are free and confidential.



PhD Dissertation Formatting, Word Template, and Guidelines

There are a number of resources for doctoral students who are writing their dissertations. 

The Microsoft Word for Dissertations page on the U-M Library website provides a template in Word that satisfies Rackham's dissertation formatting requirements. See the links in the column on the right for the template and other information.

Rackham's Dissertation Handbook provides formatting guidelines. Warning: failure to follow Rackham's requirements will result in numerous last minute corrections before you can submit your final dissertation.

Doctoral Degree Deadlines are list on Rackham's website. These are updated every term.



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