The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers a competitive five-year funding package to all students admitted to the PhD program. The standard funding model is:
Year 1: Pre-candidacy tuition and fees, stipend, yearly book award, health care, and a summer stipend.
Year 2: Fall and Winter Graduate Student Instructor position (includes full tuition waiver, stipend, and health care), yearly book award, and a summer stipend.
Year 3: Fall and Winter Graduate Student Instructor position (includes full tuition waiver, stipend, and health care), yearly book award, and a summer stipend.
Year 4: Candidacy tuition and fees, stipend, yearly book award, and health care.
Year 5: Fall and Winter Graduate Student Instructor position (includes full tuition waiver, stipend, and healthcare), and yearly book award.
The department has funding available for ALC graduate students beyond their initial admissions package. This ad hoc funding can be used for summer research, travel to conferences, language study, etc. ALC graduate students are also encouraged to apply for awards from the International Institute Centers, Rackham Graduate School, FLAS, and the department's competitive research awards: The Hide Shohara Fellowship, Charles and Myrl Hucker Research Award, and the Phillip Thomas Lincoln Memorial Endowment Fellowship.
For information on the cost of tuition at the University of Michigan, please refer to the Office of the Registrar website. The Rackham Graduate School also lists details regarding funding on their website.
Philip Lincoln, Jr., a 1964 College of LS&A graduate, earned two graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, later returning to the University of Michigan for graduate work in Economics and Chinese Studies. As a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department from 1966 to 1996, he dedicated his life to the betterment of relations between the United States and the countries of Asia, especially China. He was a patriot, scholar, teacher, musician, and loving family man – a true gentleman. This fellowship has been created to honor his memory by supporting graduate student research in Asia. It is made possible by generous gift to the department in 2001 by Ethel Jane Lincoln, Philip Lincoln’s mother.
The Lincoln Fellowship is intended to help support travel for advanced research in Asia. Funds may be used in conjunction with other awards from the Department and other sources internal and external to the University of Michigan. The fellowship is open to all PhD students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
Charles O. Hucker joined the Department of Far East Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan (now the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures) in 1965 as Professor of Chinese and served as its Chair from 1965-1971. He retired from the University of Michigan in 1983 as Professor Emeritus of Chinese and of History and Williams Emeritus Professor. Professor Hucker had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar of Imperial Chinese culture. Appealing to both specialist and popular audiences, he authored, among other works A Dictionary of Official Titles in Imperial China, as well as China’s Imperial Past, which was selected by The History Book Club as the most acclaimed general history of Imperial China ever written by an American. Throughout his career, Professor Hucker was an active member of the Association for Asian Studies, for which he served as director in 1961-63 and secretary in 1966-68. This award has been created as a tribute to the scholarly and collegial legacy left behind by Charles O. Hucker and to the friendship of his wife Myrl by supporting graduate student research in the area of Chinese studies.
The Charles and Myrl Hucker Prize is intended to help support a graduate student in the area of Chinese studies. Funds may be used in conjunction with other awards from the Department and other sources internal and external to the University of Michigan. The fellowship is open to all PhD students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures working in the field of Chinese Studies.
Hide Shohara received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1932. Dr. Shohara went on to become a well-known educator and scholar of Japanese language pedagogy, publishing such works as Introduction to Spoken Japanese. She also served as one of the four original faculty of the Department of Far Eastern Languages and Literatures, the forerunner of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. During her tenure at the University, she actively promoted the study of Japanese language, forming the foundation of the Japanese Language Program as it exists today. This fellowship was created to honor her memory and to support graduate students in the field of Asian languages.
The Hide Shohara Fellowship is intended to support PhD students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures by providing funding for educational expenses. The award may be used in conjunction with other awards from the Department as well as sources internal or external to the University of Michigan.
The department offers several Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions in the Fall and Winter semesters. ALC graduate students are first considered for these positions and are contacted by the Curriculum and Student Services Coordinator about preferences and assignments in February (for Fall term) and in October (for Winter term). The remaining positions are then posted for two weeks on March 15 (for the Fall term) and on November 1 (for the Winter term) for graduate students outside of the department to apply. Please review our hiring policy before applying for a GSI position.