Financial Support

The University of Michigan has significant financial resources available to support Sociology graduate students throughout their program.

All students admitted to the Sociology Ph.D. Program are provided with five-year funding packages. Typically, these funding packages consist of a combination of fellowships and graduate student instructorships from a variety of resources including the Sociology Department and the Rackham Graduate School, and through traineeships from the Population Studies Center (for those interested in demography), all of which include a full tuition waiver and health care benefits.   Many of our students have been successful in securing multi-year National Science Foundation Fellowships, as well as Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (for those students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies,) in order to reduce the number of teaching semesters. 

The Rackham Graduate School also has a significant amount of funding available for students at each level of the program, by application.  Information about all Rackham administered fellowships and grants, including the Rackham Merit Fellowship, can be found at the Rackham Fellowships Office. The Rackham Fellowships Finder is a great resource for locating funding opportunities outside of the University.

In addition, the Department of Sociology and the Rackham Graduate School have programs that provide financial assistance to students to allow them to travel to present at professional conferences and workshops, to perform research at the pre-candidate, candidate, and dissertation levels, and to help them with living expenses.