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Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

The PICS study abroad grant provided Kevin Chung, BA International Studies '15, the opportunity to study in Copenhagen, Denmark, for six weeks during summer 2014. The International Studies major focused on renewable energy systems and livability in modern cities.

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) extends financial support to University of Michigan students engaging in projects related to: human rights, international development, international security and cooperation, global health and environment, and comparative culture and identity. Specifically, the Program administers grants for study abroad, research, and internships to International Studies majors and minors in the form of Summer Research and Internship Grants and the Study Abroad Grants. In addition, the Rose Silverman Internship Fund supports international internships, the William Siegel and Margaret Swaine funds support Longwoods fellows for student internship and research abroad.

PICS also administers programs open to all University of Michigan undergraduate students: the Arctic Internship Fellowship and the Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship, and the International Human Rights Fellowship that is specifically open to all LSA undergraduate students. PICS keeps track of all these various internship, research, and funding opportunities in and related to international issues on the PICS announcement blog. PICS is also a part of the International Institute which provides several additional funding opportunities to undergraduate students.


  • Only International Studies majors and minors are eligible to apply PICS Study Abroad and Summer Research and Internship Grants.
  • The Arctic Internship Fellowship and the Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship are open to undergraduates in any discipline.
  • The International Human Rights Fellowship is open to LSA undergraduates in any discipline.
  • Graduating students and alumni are not eligible. You must be a continuing student with at least one remaining term of enrollment beyond the term in which your program abroad occurs.

Calls for Applications for Summer Funding

New calls are announced via e-mail in January each year and will also be posted on this website. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the PICS e-mail list.


Applications for Study Abroad Funding are accepted year round. (For fall, winter, and summer U-M sponsored and organized study abroad programs.) 

Funding cycle for the following grants will open in MCompass in Fall 2017:

Applications for the Arctic Internship Fellowship are due on February 16, 2018 (for Summer 2018).

Applications for PICS Summer Internships and Research Grants are due on March 16, 2018 (for Summer 2018).

Applications for the Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship are due on March 16, 2018 (for Summer 2018).  

Applications for the International Human Rights Fellowship are due on TBA date (for Summer 2018).

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