International students

Prospective International Students

International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid. If you are recommended for admission by your respective department and Rackham approves the admission, you will be notified by Rackham to submit the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students along with the required financial documentation (i.e. bank statements, documentation of departmental support).

We have limited funding opportunities for international students.  Your application to our school also serves as your application to our departmental awards.  These are competitive, merit-based awards.  In addition, some donor awards have specific applicant criteria.  Applicants who submit an application by our soft deadline of January 5 have the greatest chance of being considered for these awards.  Applicants will be contacted by March 15 if they are offered financial aid through the school.

Prospective and current international students are eligible to apply for Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) positions.  The application, deadline, and selection process varies by department. Please read the GSA Positions information for more details.  Many other departments post teaching and staff assistant opportunities on

Current International Students

We have limited funding opportunities for international students. International students are not eligible for U.S. federal need-based financial aid.

Current international students may want to seek out funding through the Rackham International Students Fellowship.  Students in their second or third term at U-M may apply to the school to be considered for nomination.  Students are notified of this opportunity each September.

Under certain limited circumstances your faculty advisor may be willing to hire you as a GSRA on an externally sponsored research project.  This greatly increases your chances of obtaining subsequent research grants.

How to Get Started

You may search on the following websites for further funding information: