Application Process

The Arctic Internship Fellowship provides funding for select University of Michigan students to complete a summer internship at one of the following: The Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary (CMSS); the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-AK); or the Labrador Institute. The granting of this fellowship is contingent on the partner organizations' ability and desire to accept nominated students; therefore, the number of awards may fluctuate from year to year. Students graduating in WN/SP/SU 2016 are not eligible to apply.


Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan, from any department, are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $2,000 to will be awarded to a limited number of students. Funding can be used by the student to pay travel and living expenses. These funds are primarily intended for students with an unpaid internship. If the student has a paid internship, it is possible to receive funding to offset expenses not covered by the host organization.

Award Criteria

Priority will be given to applications from students with an interest in or working on topics related to the Arctic region, and related to the work of the host institution.


Applicants must submit application via MCompass

Applications will be reviewed by members of the International Institute committee and staff members of hosting organizations. Awards will be based on the quality of the materials submitted. 

  • Students graduating in WN/SP/SU 2016 are not eligible to apply. 
  • Please keep in mind that the Labrador Institute and the Center for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) are in Canada. All students going abroad must have a passport that is valid for 6 months after the program end date. You are responsible for determining entry and exit requirements for any countries that you will be traveling to. 
  • Have you applied for additional funding? If yes, list the sources of funding that you have applied for or are being considered for on the funding request cover sheet. Have you been awarded additional funding? If yes, list the source(s) and amount ($) awarded from each source.
  • University of Calgary (CMSS) and  Memorial University of Newfoundland (Labrador Institute) have their own requirements for students coming to their campuses as interns. The interns would be considered under the “unpaid intern” category which means no insurance or liability coverage. Thus, students would need their own health/medical insurance. Please visit the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance website for more information. Current cost is $1.10/day plus a $5 administrative cost.


The application deadline for Summer 2016 is February 15, 2016.

Contact Information
Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS)
International Institute
1080 S. University, Suite 2660