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Graduate Student Programs & Resources

DACAmented and Undocumented Students

Graduate Certificate Programs

A Rackham certificate of graduate studies is a non-degree credential for study and participation in a scholarly community around a focused topic of special academic interest. A certificate requires a specified set of courses and activities that supplement and enrich a student’s primary program of study.

Graduate Certificate in African Studies

Graduate Certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Graduate Certificate in LGBTQ Studies

Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

Professional Development

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP): Aims to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and enhance the preparation of underrepresented minorities for faculty positions in academia.

Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Connection: Designed for newly admitted doctoral students who are recipients of a Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF), this program introduces students to resources in Rackham and across the university, provides professional, academic and personal development experiences to assist with the first-year transition, and cultivates community among the RMF cohort.

Research-Based Programs

International Institute: Brings together distinguished and diverse faculty and scholars with deep area studies and international expertise to enrich the university’s intellectual environment and to provide the U-M community with the knowledge, tools, and experience to become informed and active global citizens.

Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE): Offers students unique training in the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales and will include opportunities for research abroad at a cooperating institution.

Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA): Leader in creating new and innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand the lives of African American and African descendant communities.

Rackham Research Exchange (RE) Program: The goal of RE is to increase the advancement of diverse Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from participating institutions into the most competitive research and teaching careers. Through the RE, advanced Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented minorities in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering (MPCSE), and related disciplines have an opportunity, while visiting with a host faculty at one of the partner institutions, to engage in scientific collaboration and receive mentorship, career development, and guidance.

RacismLab: Transdisciplinary research collective to bring together doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty to develop innovative theoretical frameworks and empirical approaches to better understand the impact of racism on health and well-being (very broadly defined).