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Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship - Due Monday, February 22, 2010

Posted: February 02, 2010

Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships

The Rackham Graduate School has established the Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship Program to aid Michigan residents who return to graduate school after an extended absence. Because an interruption in schooling may place such students at a disadvantage in competing for financial assistance awarded at the time of admission, these awards help non-traditional students fund their return to formal education.


Any Rackham program on the Ann Arbor campus may nominate up to three students. Nominated students must:
• have been away from academic study toward a formal degree for at least five years, unless the student's department requires certain courses as a prerequisite within one year of beginning the program;
• meet the University's guidelines for Michigan residency by the fellowship deadline (Note that if a student is petitioning for in-state residency status at the time of application, the issue of residency must be resolved by the fellowship deadline.);
• be offered admission by March 11, 2010, or be a first-year graduate student whose first semester of enrollment was Fall 2009 or Winter 2010

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on academic merit and motivation to complete the degree as demonstrated in the candidate's personal statement, academic record, letters of reference, and prior work or volunteer experience. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have been out of the work force or are changing fields or careers. Those unable to work or engage in volunteer service due to full-time family care responsibilities will receive careful consideration.

Dept. Deadline

Monday, February 22, 2010

Award Description

Up to ten awards are available for 2009-2010. The award currently set at $16,000 may be used as stipend and/or towards tuition and required fees, and may include access to health, dental, vision and legal insurance coverage.

Nomination Procedure

Students are nominated by their program for this award. Participating programs may nominate no more than 3 students.
If you would like to be nominated for this award, please submit the following information below electronically to Todd Huynh (thuynh@umich.edu) by Monday, February 22nd.
• Statement of Student Achievement and Potential addressing the student's academic potential in their field of study, the proposed timetable of study—particularly any plan for part-time study—and the outlook for support from the program following the initial period of support provided by this award;
• Student's personal statement specifically addressing reasons for the interruption of studies; academic interests and motivation for returning to school; professional interests; and explanation of how their situation fits within the intent of the fellowship program;
• Three letters of recommendation for admission to graduate school
• Curriculum vitae (CV).


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