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Funding and Support


The majority of graduate students in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) are supported financially by internal and external funding sources. Types of assistance and availability of funding will vary by graduate program and by degree status. 

The Rackham Graduate School offers a variety of resources, programming, and funding to contribute to your professional and academic development. Visit the Rackham website to learn more.

Learn about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of LSA and Rackham Graduate School.


PhD students admitted to LSA programs typically receive a 5 year funding package from their department upon admission. Funding packages may include fellowships, teaching (GSI) appointments, or other department-level funding. Funding packages also include health & dental insurance for students and their dependents. 

Master’s students admitted to LSA programs do not typically receive funding packages from their department. Admitted master’s students are able to apply for temp/hourly positions at the university, and highly qualified individuals may be eligible to apply for a graduate student assistantship. For information on available positions, visit the Careers website.

Rackham provides additional funding opportunities for graduate students that range from large competitive fellowships that pay tuition and stipends, to targeted grants that assist with foreign language study, dissertation research, and conference travel, to emergency grants and awards designed to help students manage student loan debt. 


Visit the Rackham website to learn more about these funding opportunities.


LSA is committed to helping students succeed academically and professionally, and to allowing them to leverage the full scope of their LSA education both during their time here and beyond. LSA and Rackham work collaboratively with other units across campus to offer resources and programming to support professional and academic development of graduate students.

Visit the “Rackham Life” page of the Rackham website to learn more about these opportunities.