Funding - Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Educational Foundations and Policy

Multi-Year Funding Package

In this program, you'll receive funding to cover tuition, a stipend for living expenses during the fall and winter semesters, and Grad Care health insurance for the entire year.  Health and dental benefits are available for you and your family members.  The University of Michigan Benefits Office offers information about the benefit packages that we offer our PhD students.  Typically, as a student in this program, you'll receive a 20-hour-per-week assignment as graduate student research assistant, graduate student staff assistant, or graduate student instructor.  Your academic progress will be reviewed annually by faculty and awards are contingent upon maintaining good academic standing. 

If you have questions about funding, contact Educational Studies Business Manager and Graduate Coordinator Chauna Meyer.

Our admissions committee and scholarship awarding team work collectively to identify nominees for scholarships administered by the School of Education. Please also see below for information on additional financial resources that might be available to you.


The International Institute lists numerous fellowships and awards for students interested in foreign languages and international studies.

Levi L. Barbour Fellowship for Women from the Orient In 1914 the bequest of Levi L. Barbour established a scholarship program at the University of Michigan for women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the lands extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east) to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands.

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships has funding opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level. Funding is not limited to LS&A. Learn more about scholarships, fellowships, summer opportunities, and other resources for which you may be eligible.

Private Scholarships Many private scholarships for college students are offered each year by a variety of organizations. 

Rackham Graduate School has eligible funding for students who contribute to diversity, who return to graduate school after an extended absence, or who have experienced a lapse in education after graduating high school, etc.

Rackham International Student Fellowship and the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for International Students assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. It may also be available to outstanding students in Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan.

Rackham/Education Scholar's Award is a five-year competitive award open to newly admitted students and covers tuition, fees for the fall and winter semesters, and living expenses and health insurance.

Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host, and Anna Olcott Smith Fellowship Three separate scholarships intended to assist female graduate students.

The Fred G. and Edith Carlson Walcott Award provides support to students enrolled in the School of Education who are studying abroad. While preference is given to students wishing to study in England, students studying abroad anywhere should apply.

Travel Grants

Beatrice Rottenberg Global Studies The Beatrice Rottenberg Global Studies Fund supports educational and learning experiences abroad for undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Education.  

The David Lee and Anna Wu Angus International Travel Fund supports PhD students doing research in the areas of international or comparative education.

Travel Grants may be available from the School of Education if you're traveling to present a paper or participate in an out-of-state conference.

Professor & Mrs. Cho-Yee To Fund The Professor & Mrs. Cho-Yee To Fund supports School of Education graduate and undergraduate majors in education to develop their global experience and perspectives through study in Hong Kong or China.

Rackham Travel Grants help students defray traveling expenses incurred to present a poster or paper at a conference.

The Fred G. and Edith Carlson Walcott Award provides support to students enrolled in the School of Education who are studying abroad. While preference is given to students wishing to study in England, students studying abroad anywhere should apply.

Research Support

Rackham Research Grants are designed to support students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree.  If you are a doctoral student, you may qualify twice for these funds, once before candidacy and once as a candidate. If you're a master’s student, then you are eligible to receive one of these grants.

School of Education Mini Grants for Student Research may help cover research-related expenses not covered by fellowships, grants, or other sources of financial assistance. 

Doctoral Candidacy Support

A Candidacy Tuition Fellowship may be available to you if you started your doctoral program before fall 2010 and are no longer funded by a research or teaching assistantship.

Dissertation Support

A Dissertation Finishing Grant can provide need-based tuition and fees support for the term in which you defend your dissertation.

Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowships are financial resources which may help you in your final term as you complete and defend your dissertation.

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships are designed to pay your candidacy tuition, a stipend, and Grad Care health and dental insurance for twelve months during the year in which, you finish and defend your dissertation.  The School of Education will submit a nomination packet on your behalf.  You must advance to candidacy no later than mid-January. The School of Education's application period for winter 2020 will open near the end of September.  You should indicate your intent to apply by October 11, 2019 and applications will close October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. You will be notified of the Graduate Affairs Committee's decision in December 2019.  All nominations will be completed by the school's Scholarship and Fellowship Manager on or before Rackham's deadline on or before January 13, 2020.

Emergency Funding

The Center for the Education of Women offers Critical Difference Grants for students in emergency situations. To receive Critical Difference Grants students must set up an appointment with a counselor in the Center for the Education of Women (CEW). 

Rackham Graduate School administers a Student Emergency Fund to help in case of medical, dental, or mental health emergencies for yourself or, in some circumstances, for your immediate family members.

The School of Education may have resources for graduate students in emergency situations.

Financial Aid

A Child Care Subsidy may be available to you if you're a parent with child care expenses.

The university's Office of Financial Aid has information about various loan programs for which you may be able to apply.  

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