Graduate students with high scholastic records can be considered for Fellowship awards and Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) appointments. All requests for funding and GSI positions through the Department of Near Eastern Studies must be made by completing the Departmental Funding Application Form. Complete applications should include a statement of purpose and any additional supporting documentation. Applications should be submitted to the Graduate Student Services Office located at 4113 Thayer Academic Building by the appropriate deadline.
Fellowship and scholarship awards come from a variety of sources and range from partial tuition scholarships to full fellowships providing stipends of up to $16,135 per academic year.
The Department of Near Eastern Studies administers the following fellowships:
- Donald Leroy Waterman Fellowship in Biblical Studies
- Rackham Block Grant
- The College of Literature, Science and Arts Regents' Fellowship
- George and Celeste Hourani Memorial Fellowship in Islamic Studies
- Friends of Near Eastern Studies Fellowship in Ancient Studies
Because of Departmental fellowship funds are limited, students are encouraged to seek alternative methods of financing their studies.
Other Fellowship 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/.
Graduate Student Instructor
A Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) is a salaried teaching appointment. A GSI generally conducts two or four discussion sections weekly in one of the introductory courses, or teaches language courses. Primary responsibilities include instructing, reading and grading papers, holding office hours and tutoring. GSI's with at least a quarter-time appointment (.25 - 10 hours per week) receive a complete tuition waiver with staff benefits. Appointments at a lower rate receive partial tuition waivers. The Department has a limited number of GSI positions each fall and winter semester. To be considered for a GSI position in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, please complete the Departmental Funding Application..
Loans and Work-Study
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents applying for financial aid in the form of loans or work-study from the University must submit the FAF (Financial Aid Form) and financial aid transcripts from their previous universities or colleges. For further information, please contact:
Office of Financial Aid
2011 Student Activities Bldg
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316