Funding - Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education with a Concentration in Public Policy
You want to come but don't know how you'll cover the tuition and expenses?
Good news! Doctoral students receive four years of funding to cover tuition, along with a stipend for living expenses during the fall and winter semesters and Grad Care health insurance for the entire year. Health and dental benefits are available for you and your family members. The University of Michigan Benefits Office offers information about the benefit packages that we offer our PhD students. Students awarded this package receive a 20-hour-per-week assignment as a graduate student research assistant, graduate student staff assistant, or graduate student instructor. Student academic progress is reviewed annually by faculty and awards are contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.
If you have questions about funding your education, send an email to cshpe.info @umich.edu.
The Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education provides support to doctoral students in their second, third, and fourth years of study—no application is required. These funds are to help offset the cost of travel to conferences, books, research software, transcription, or other expenses you may incur related to your dissertation.
The International Institute lists numerous fellowships and awards for students interested in foreign languages and international studies.
Levi L. Barbour Fellowship for Women from the Orient In 1914 the bequest of Levi L. Barbour established a scholarship program at the University of Michigan for women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the lands extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east) to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands.
Rackham Graduate School administers fellowships, grants, and scholarships for which you may be eligible.
Rackham International Student Fellowship and the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for International Students assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. It may also be available to outstanding students in Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan.
The Rackham/Education Scholar's Award is a five-year competitive award open to newly admitted students and covers tuition, fees for the fall and winter semesters, and living expenses and health insurance.
Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host, and Anna Olcott Smith Fellowship Three separate scholarships intended to assist female graduate students.
Beatrice Rottenberg Global Studies The Beatrice Rottenberg Global Studies Fund supports educational and learning experiences abroad for undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Education.
The David Lee and Anna Wu Angus International Travel Fund supports PhD students doing research in the areas of international or comparative education.
Professor & Mrs. Cho-Yee To Fund The Professor & Mrs. Cho-Yee To Fund supports School of Education graduate and undergraduate majors in education to develop their global experience and perspectives through study in Hong Kong or China.
Rackham Travel Grants help students defray traveling expenses incurred to present a poster or paper at a conference.
Rackham Research Grants are designed to support students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. If you are a doctoral student, you may qualify twice for these funds, once before candidacy and once as a candidate. If you're a master’s student, then you are eligible to receive one of these grants.
Doctoral Candidacy Support
A Candidacy Tuition Fellowship may be available to you if you started your doctoral program before fall 2010 and are no longer funded by a research or teaching assistantship.
A Dissertation Finishing Grant can provide need-based tuition and fees support for the term in which you defend your dissertation.
Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowships are financial resources which may help you in your final term as you complete and defend your dissertation.
Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships are designed to pay your candidacy tuition, a stipend, and Grad Care health and dental insurance for twelve months during the year in which you finish and defend your dissertation. The School of Education will submit a nomination packet on your behalf. You must advance to candidacy no later than mid-January. The application period for winter 2015 will be October 17, 2014 through November 7, 2014. Please go to this link to apply: https://sitemaker.umich.edu/soe.awards/application
The Center for the Education of Women offers Critical Difference Grants for students in emergency situations.
Rackham Graduate School administers a Student Emergency Fund to help in case of medical, dental, or mental health emergencies for yourself or, in some circumstances, for your immediate family members.
The School of Education may have resources for students in emergency situations.
A Child Care Subsidy may be available to you if you're a parent with child care expenses.
The university's Office of Financial Aid has information about various loan programs for which you may be able to apply.
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