Although students are offered a funding package on admission, all graduate students in the department are encouraged to apply, at various times during their graduate career, for other sources of support for which they are eligible. Graduate students should work closely with their faculty advisor(s) in identifying appropriate funding sources, and preparing strong funding applications.

For travel to conferences where students are presenting a paper/poster, eligible students should apply for a Rackham Travel Grant.

One-Term Dissertation Fellowship

The One-Term Dissertation Fellowship includes stipend for one semester, tuition, and GradCare. Rackham requires that recipients have established a dissertation committee and submitted the
Nomination of Dissertation Committee form to the Records and Dissertation Office prior to the beginning of the term of the fellowship.

One award is made each year, typically to a student who is in the final defense term. Requests for applications are sent (via email) to all doctoral candidates by the Graduate Chair. Applications include a statement of the dissertation topic, discussion of the current state of the dissertation work and how much remains to be done, and explanation of how the fellowship would help the student move more quickly towards degree completion.

Summer Research Grant

The Department of Screen Arts and Cultures awards a small number of Summer Research Grants of up to $3000. The grants are intended to provide students, usually in the pre-dissertation stages of their doctoral program, with financial support that will enable them to focus on a research project during the summer months. Requests for applications are sent (via email) to all graduate students by the Graduate Chair. SAC graduate students who are working on an appropriate research project are eligible to apply; applications include a brief description of the project and the work that the student hopes to complete during the summer months.

Research Assistant Positions

Some department faculty hire students as Graduate Student Research Assistants, typically to assist in grant-related research. Students should consult with their advisors, or with the faculty member with whom they would like to work, about this possibility.

Rackham and Other University Funding Sources

Numerous funding opportunities are available across the University, and it is the responsibility of students and their advisors to be cognizant of sources of support. Listed below are the sources most commonly sought by Screen Arts and Cultures students, but other possibilities should also be actively pursued. A good source of information is the Rackham Fellowships Office.

Trueblood Funds

SAC PhD students may apply for Trueblood funds for conference travel. The student must be a presenter at the conference. Students should include a budget and a copy of the invitation as part of the proposal. Click here for a Trueblood funding request form.

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

The Predoctoral Fellowship is a highly competitive award that provides stipend, tuition, and GradCare for the 12-month term of the award. The fellowship is intended for outstanding doctoral candidates who will complete the dissertation in the year in which they hold the fellowship and who will complete the Ph.D. within 6 years of beginning their programs.

Applicants must be nominated by their department. The SAC Graduate Committee solicits applications, which include a detailed statement of the proposed dissertation project, in the fall term of each year (via an email message sent out by the Graduate Chair). The Graduate Committee selects the student(s) to be nominated on the basis of several factors, including competitiveness of the academic record and the extent to which the research statement is intellectually engaging and succeeds in addressing a broad audience of scholars who may lack knowledge of that particular area of inquiry.

Center for the Education of Women: Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship

This highly competitive fellowship is for outstanding women graduate students with a strong potential to make exceptional contributions to society. Applicants must be nominated by their department. The SAC Graduate Committee typically invites applications in the fall term from appropriate doctoral candidates, although eligible interested students should contact the Graduate Chair.

International Institute

External Funding Sources

Many external funding sources are available and, beginning in students' first year in the program,
students and their advisors should consider external sources of funding for students' graduate
education and research. The two external sources most commonly sought by our students are NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Fulbright Fellowships; the latter is administered at UM through the International Institute. The Rackham Fellowships Office also has information on a wide range of external funding sources.