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Scholarships & Awards

Diversity scholarships & awards provide support for students who are dedicated to furthering our community's commitment to diversity. Awards are available for research, tuition, and professional development.

Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

Center for Education of Women (CEW) Scholarship

The CEW Scholarship Program, which today serves women and nontraditional students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted. CEW Scholarship Awards are invaluable they often mean the difference between completing a degree or not doing so, for many students at the University of Michigan.

Students of any gender may apply. Over 40 scholarships are available, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Eligibility: A minimum two-year (24 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school OR Primary Caregiver*

*Primary Caregiver definition:

  • Lives in the same residence at least 50% of the time and consistently assumes major responsibility for housing, health, and safety of a minor, older adult, or disabled adult; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.

  • Lives in separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult for a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation for at least the past 6 months; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.  
 

View the deadline for this award via the link below.

Apply for the Center for Education of Women Scholarship

Edward C. Chang Undergraduate Diversity Research Award

Eligibility: Psychology Department majors working on an outstanding research project whose subject is diversity or inclusivity, broadly defined (e.g., culture, race, gender, student-athletes, sexuality), in psychological science.

View the deadline for this award via the link below.

Apply for the Edward C. Chang Undergraduate Diversity Research Award

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

Center for Education of Women (CEW) Scholarship

The CEW Scholarship Program, which today serves women and nontraditional students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted. CEW Scholarship Awards are invaluable they often mean the difference between completing a degree or not doing so, for many students at the University of Michigan.

Students of any gender may apply. Over 40 scholarships are available, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Eligibility: A minimum five-year (60 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school OR Primary Caregiver*

*Primary Caregiver definition:

  • Lives in the same residence at least 50% of the time and consistently assumes major responsibility for housing, health, and safety of a minor, older adult, or disabled adult; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.

  • Lives in separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult for a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation for at least the past 6 months; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.  
 

View the deadline for this award via the link below.

Apply for the Center for Education of Women Scholarship

Department of Psychology Faculty and Student Diversity Research Awards

In order to promote and celebrate diversity research in psychology, we are pleased to offer awards for outstanding student and faculty research related to diversity within our department. These awards recognize research that addresses important issues related to diversity, including but not limited to questions pertaining to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual identity, and/or socioeconomic status. Faculty awardees will receive $500, which can be used to cover research-related costs or personal expenses. Student awardees will be given $1800 to “top off” summer pay.*

Eligibility:

  • Faculty awards will be given in recognition of an empirical paper, published or in press. Faculty members at any rank are strongly encouraged to submit a paper for consideration.
  • Student awards will be given to a current pre-candidate in recognition of an outstanding research project addressing important diversity-related issues. The project does not need to be completed at this point.
  • Resubmissions from a previous year will be accepted.  Previous awardees are eligible to apply.

Submission Information:

Faculty who would like to be considered for this award should submit:

  1. A current CV and
  2. A copy of the paper.

Students who would like to be considered for this award should submit:

  1. A description of the project (no more than 2 pages) that
    a. Describes the importance of the question under study;
    b. Includes a brief review of literature; and
    c. Delineates key findings to date (even if preliminary).

Complete applications should be submitted as one Word or pdf document via email to the Diversity Committee at: diversitypsychology@umich.edu.

Winners will receive their award at our Distinguished Diversity Speaker Lecture.

*We will make other arrangements for students who already receive top-off funds.

Submit inquiries, including inquiries regarding the deadline for this award, to diversity.psychology@umich.edu.

NCID Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NCID Postdoctoral Fellowship is a one-year (12 month) fellowship that follows a visiting scholar model, aimed at promoting and supporting the work of outstanding early career diversity scholars. While we welcome new PhD applicants, successful candidates may also currently hold tenure-track positions. This program provides a unique opportunity to serve as a scholar in residence with protected time for focused scholarship, as well as to engage with the rich intellectual community at the University of Michigan.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from scholars engaging in diversity scholarship, in any field or department represented in the University of Michigan’s schools and colleges. Applicants’ doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2011 and July 1, 2018.

View the deadline for this award via the link below.

Learn more about the NCID Postdoctoral Fellowship here.

Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Program

The Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Program helps sustain the academic excellence and inclusiveness of the Michigan graduate community, one that embraces students with diverse experiences and goals, and who come from many educational, cultural, geographic, and familial backgrounds.

By offering financial assistance to those students who might not otherwise have access, we aim to reduce disparities in graduate education. We also aim to promote the values of diversity and inclusion by encouraging the admission and funding of students who represent a broad array of life experiences and perspectives, because this enhances the quality of the intellectual environment for all students.

Eligibility: 

The Rackham Merit Fellowship is open to newly admitted students in a Rackham graduate degree program who:

  • Have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors, or other designation);
  • Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

And meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

Speak with your Graduate Program Coordinator regarding nominations for the Rackham Merit Fellowship Program.