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.


Any graduate program in any school or college of the Ann Arbor campus, whether or not such programs are in Rackham, may nominate one student each year. Nominees must be citizens of countries in the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east). In addition, nominees:

Selection Criteria

Fellows are chosen on the basis of potential for contribution to their home country as well as academic record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and timely progress to the degree.


School of Education deadline November 11, 2019

Rackham deadline January 13, 2020.

Award Description:

Five to eight awards, depending upon the availability of funds, are available. Awards cover full tuition and required fees, stipend of approximately $21,084 for one academic year (fall and winter terms), GradCare health and dental (option 1) during the tenure of the fellowship. Students may receive only one award. Awards are non-renewable.

Student Application Materials and Program Nomination Procedure

Students must be nominated by their program. Any graduate program on the Ann Arbor campus may nominate one student each year.  Statement of Student Achievement and Potential (the statement from the graduate program chair should describe the procedure for selecting nominees; the statement should also explain how the nominated student’s academic progress meets the expectations for the program for timely completion of degree requirements. 1,500 words).

Student must submit the following via Sitemaker:

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