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PhD Need-Based Technology Support Grant Program


As part of LSA's DEI 2.0 strategic plan, the LSA Dean's Office is proud to sponsor a new LSA PhD Need-Based Technology Support Grant Program, funded by LSA and the Office of the Provost. We know that not everyone has the means to purchase a computer during graduate school. We also know how critical a working computer is to doctoral scholarship: supporting academic, teaching, and research needs. The LSA PhD Need-Based Technology Support Grant, administered by LSA Graduate Education, aims to support the technology needs of continuing PhD students in the College of LSA by providing funding to help offset costs associated with select computer equipment. This initiative is part of a three-year pilot program.

Who can apply?

All LSA PhD students (U.S. citizens, international students, and DACA students) are eligible to receive the grant once throughout the duration of their graduate program, based on financial need. Students should check with their home department about resources they may have before requesting funding from the LSA Dean’s Office.

Is there an award limit?

The maximum award amount is $1,500 but will be based on the stated need. Awards will be granted until funding is exhausted. Final award amount and number of awards will vary depending on the amount of funding requested.


Applications and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis following the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Should the maximum funding amount be reached before the end of fiscal year, applications
will be closed and the website updated stating that all funding has been disbursed for the year.


We expect that not all students with financial need will need to take advantage of this grant during their time at U-M due to funding received from departments or external fellowships or grants. For those students who do take advantage of the grant, the following applies:

  • Must be a currently enrolled LSA PhD student in good academic standing. PhD students in joint degree programs with LSA are eligible.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need by uploading relevant information within the application.
    1. Budget detailing the amount of funding requested should be uploaded. Please include a list of current expenses (e.g. rent, food, utilities, transportation, etc.), and your financial situation including sources of income, such as spouse or partner contributions toward monthly expenses. 
    2. Please also include a general statement of financial need (no more than 1500 words).
  • PhD students will be eligible to apply and receive the grant once throughout the duration of their graduate program.
  • The grant does not cover costs related to the purchase of computer software, data sets, computer accessories or iPad accessories.

How do I apply?

Safe computing

Students who receive the award will be asked to follow safe computing practices including device security and responsible use. 

Graduate Students who are using personal computers to teach, research, work, or learn have a shared responsibility to help protect U-M data, systems, and IT infrastructure. Like U-M managed devices, personal computers, tablets, and smartphones are bound by similar U-M Standard Practice Guidelines and policies for responsible use of U-M Data and IT security. Students should review the:

  • LSA Protect Your Personal Devices document and associated U-M links for guidance on how to secure their device, network, and internet activities. Most importantly, students working with U-M systems and data are required to maintain updated Operating Systems and software. Running monthly system, software, and security patches is essential to mitigating potential vulnerabilities and securing your device from bad actors. 
  • U-M online FERPA Training Course (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act-RO100 FERPA at U-M My Linc course) to help U-M faculty and staff understand their responsibilities in protecting academic data. Note: Students may also be bound by additional moderate to highly sensitive research data policies and best practices.  

Financial Aid Considerations

Students receiving federal financial aid, please note: Financial assistance from all sources during the academic year factors into the ongoing review of your financial aid eligibility now and in the future. If your total financial aid, including any newly awarded funding, exceeds your eligibility for financial assistance this academic year, your aid may be limited or reduced from previously received assistance. You can learn more about financial aid terms and conditions on the Office of Financial Aid's website. You can also work with the Office of Financial Aid to identify additional expenses you may have incurred that can be factored into your overall aid eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions