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Funding & Fellowships

Funding Packages


We aim to attract the top students in the Slavic field and offer highly competitive funding packages. Our graduate students have received a combination of fellowship support, graduate students instructor positions, graduate school stipends, FLAS and other fellowship support from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and summer research and/or intensive language study. In addition, we provide health insurance, tuition support, an excellent library with an extensive Slavic collection and a Librarian Specialist, and an energetic intellectual atmosphere where dynamic scholars come together to share and explore.

In order to receive continued assistance, you will need to be a student in good standing; meet degree requirements; perform GSI duties acceptably; and make progress towards the graduate degree according to schedule.

Questions? Contact the Student Coordinator at slavic@umich.edu.

Graduate Student Instructor Positions

The department offers several Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions in the Fall, Winter semesters. Slavic graduate students are first considered for these positions and are contacted by the Graduate Program Coordinator about preferences and assignments in February/March (for Fall term) and in October/November (for Winter term).

The remaining positions are then posted for two weeks in April (for the Fall term) and November (for the Winter term) for graduate students from outside of the department to apply. In addition to the online application, applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter, which should address the graduate student’s specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to the position, curriculum vitae and former GSI’s at U-M should attach summary sheets from teaching evaluations. Postings can be found on careers.umich.edu under "Graduate Student Appointments."

Decisions will made by the faculty member teaching the course after review of applications and possible interviews.

Department Additional Funding

  • Summer Funding is available to our graduate students to support graduate study or research during the spring and summer semesters. An email will be send in February with details.
  • Emergency Funding is primarily intended to assist departmental graduate students with unexpected/emergency medical expenses, but secondarily, to supplement funding, if needed, provided by the Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund. See the department's internal SITES page for details on how to request funding.
  • Travel Funding Request (PDF) is available for grad students to attend academic conferences
    • Requests are due by October 1 for anytime in the fall term and February 1 for anytime in the winter term. Please request funding prior to travel by sending an email to the Chair of the Department and copy the Administrator.
    • Your request should outline the budget for the trip, other funding requested/granted and the conference you plan to attend as well as if you plan to present a paper. 
    • For a travel or conference request to be considered by The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures the form must be completed in full.

Additional Funding Opportunities

The Rackham Graduate School also has a significant amount of funding available for students at each level of the program, by application. Information about all Rackham administered fellowships and grants can be found at Rackham's website  

Funding from the International Institute:

  • FLAS: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies.
  • II Student Fellowships: The International Institute Student Fellowships are designed to support University of Michigan students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad.
  • Rackham International Research Award (RIRA): RIRA) supports terminal master's and doctoral candidates conducting degree-related research outside the United States and Puerto Rico.

Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE)

Funding from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: