Students are encouraged to seek non-departmental funding when appropriate. University resources include the Rackham Graduate School, the International Institute, the Institute for the Humanities, and the relevant International Institute Centers. Rackham also provides links to possible external resources. Any non-departmental funding resources/fellowships that are advertised to departments are forwarded to our graduate students.
To aid in compliance with the Continuous Enrollment policy, LSA provides financial assistance to students through tuition-only fellowships. These fellowships are in addition to the five-year guaranteed funding package from the Department. Upon achieving candidacy, NES students are allotted three of these fellowships to be used during their remaining time in the graduate program. Each fellowship provides 100% tuition coverage and healthcare benefits for one term, but no stipend.
The scenarios when tuition-only fellowships are used vary, but typically students will use one of the fellowships when they have secured external funding for living expenses, research, and travel but need coverage of their University of Michigan tuition. The only time a student cannot use a tuition-only fellowship is in the semester in which s/he defends the dissertation.
The George F. and Celeste Hourani Memorial Scholarship
The George F. and Celeste Hourani Memorial Scholarship will support a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies by providing a defense term fellowship. One award will be given each academic year. The fellowship will consist of full tuition, fees, and a stipend commensurate with a .50 GSI appointment. The award will only be given in the intended term of defense. Applicants must have a record of excellence within the program and be in good academic standing. Applicants must be certain of defense in the next academic year and intend to use this fellowship in that term of defense. Only students whose funding package has come from the University of Michigan are eligible to apply. See the Student Services Assistant for details.