Fellowship and scholarship awards come from a variety of sources and range from partial tuition scholarships to full fellowships with stipends.

In addition to administering funds provided by the College of LSA and Rackham Graduate School, the Department of Near Eastern Studies has the following department awards:

  • Donald Leroy Waterman Fellowship in Biblical Studies
  • George and Celeste Hourani Memorial Fellowship in Islamic Studies
  • Friends of Near Eastern Studies Fellowship in Ancient Studies

Because departmental funding is limited, students are encouraged to seek alternative methods of financing their studies.

Other Funding Resources
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are available for PhD-track students  with an interest in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. For more detailed information, consult the FLAS website at http://ii.umich.edu/funding/gradstud/flas.

The Rackham Graduate School offers assistance in searching for internal and external sources of funding on their website: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/financial_assistance/.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents applying for financial aid in the form of loans or work-study from the University should contact the Office of Financial Aid:

Office of Financial Aid
2011 Student Activities Bldg
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316  

Graduate Student Instructor Positions
A Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) is a salaried teaching appointment. A GSI generally conducts two or three discussion sections weekly in one of the introductory courses or teaches language courses. Primary responsibilities include leading sections, reading and grading papers, holding office hours, and proctoring exams. GSIs with at least a 0.25 appointment (about 10 hours per week) receive a complete tuition waiver with a stipend and benefits. The Department has a limited number of GSI positions each fall and winter semester. Priority for open positions goes to graduate students in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Remaining open positions are posted to umjobs.org; students who meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply. 



Fall 2014 NES GSI Application (PDF)