U.S. Residents


  • This funding information applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders).
  • Others can consider funding designated for foreign students or sources open to all students on a competitive basis. 

Michigan State University Fellowship Programs

  • For students applying for a Ph.D. or M.S./Ph.D., forty fellowships are offered annually to outstanding applicants through the following two   programs:
    • University Distinguished Fellowship. These fellowships recognize academic achievement, research goals, demonstrated leadership potential, and contribution to a diverse educational community.
    • University Enrichment Fellowship. These fellowships recognize academic achievement, research goals, contribution to a diverse educational community, and a record of overcoming obstacles.
  • Students do not apply for these directly. Highly qualified applications received by early January are considered automatically.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will receive priority consideration for funding. 
  • While we are unable to guarantee funding for all RPCVs who are admitted to the M.S. or Ph.D program, RPCVs typically have language skills and experience that give them an advantage in competing for graduate assistantships. 
  • RPCVs who satisfactorily completed service are entitled to pay in-state tuition at MSU regardless of their state of origin.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

  • FLAS awards cover the cost of normal core college tuition and fees at Michigan State University plus a basic stipend (Fall and Spring).  The fellowship requires both area studies and language courses.
  • Fellowships to study modern non-English languages are provided through the Center for Advanced Study on International Development, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Fellowships to study African languages are provided through the African Studies Center.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships 

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