Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship

The Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships aid master's students who return to graduate school after an extended absence. The award will be equivalent to one term of tuition and associated fees. Students must be nominated by their program. Each school may nominate up to three students. Funding will be available for the winter 2018 term.


  • Student must have been away from academic study toward a formal degree for at least three years, unless the student’s department requires certain courses as a prerequisite within one year of beginning the program
  • Student must be e a first- or second-year student in a Rackham master’s program and enrolled for a minimum of three (3) credits in the term in which the award is applied

Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on academic merit, financial need, and motivation to complete the degree. Special consideration will be given to Michigan residents and applicants who have been out of the work force, and applicants who are changing fields or careers.

SEAS Application Process: Students interested in being nominated must email the following items as attachments to seas-financial-aid@umich.edu no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, September 17, 2018. The SEAS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in conjunction with the SEAS Scholarship Committee will determine which students' nominations will be forwarded to Rackham. Once that decision has been made, applicants will be notified of their status.

  • Current CV
  • Personal statement (1,500-word maximum) must address:
    • Reasons for the interruption of studies
    • Academic interests
    • Motivation for returning to school
    • Professional interests
    • Financial need
    • Explanation of how your situation fits within the intent of the fellowship program 
  • Arrange for a faculty member to support your request by sending a nomination statement (1,500-word maximum) by the deadline to seas-financial-aid@umich.edu describing why you would be appropriate for nomination. If selected, this text will be used for the department statement. The faculty nomination statement must address:
    • Your achievements and academic promise in your field of study
    • Proposed timetable of study (particularly any plan for part-time study)
    • Concurrent commitment and anticipated funding support
Funding type: 
Application deadline: 
September 17, 2018
Key eligibility criteria: 
All master's programs
Last updated: 
June 28, 2018