Graduate Programs

MDes Tuition & Funding

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The Stamps School offers generous financial support to graduate students, in addition to teaching and research assistantships, stipends, and discretionary funds.

Stamps MDes Program Funding

Awards range from stipends and discretionary funds that offset studio expenses to teaching/research assistantships and full tuition waivers. Summer fieldwork projects are fully funded. We also offer numerous teaching, staff, and research assistantships that provide valuable professional experience as well as post-graduate support to expedite your transition from the academic environment to professional practice.

  • MDes Discretionary Funding: Graduate students may receive $2,000 per year that they enroll in the Stamps School to spend at their discretion towards their educational projects.
  • Summer Fieldwork Studio: Up to $4,500 is provided in support of the Summer Fieldwork Studio, which takes place during the summer after the first year.
  • Smucker-Wagstaff Project Grant: The Smucker-Wagstaff Project Grant was established in 2007 to help Stamps graduate students achieve excellence by supporting students who need assistance to carry out research for their creative work that advances their progress toward their degree. Students may apply for one award each year with a maximum amount of $3000.
Rackham and University Program Funding

Additional fellowships, grants, and scholarships are also available through the Rackham Graduate School.

  • The Rackham Conference Travel Grant provides opportunities for Rackham graduate students to present papers and/or posters at academic conferences. Students may apply once per fiscal year. Rackham administered.
  • The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. Rackham administered.
  • The Rackham International Student Fellowship assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. Rackham administered.
  • Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships assist master’s students who return to graduate school after an extended absence. Rackham administered.
  • Center for the Education for Women scholarships are available to assist students who have experienced a lapse in education after graduating from high school of at least 48 consecutive or non-consecutive months (not counting interruptions of less than 8 months).
  • Area Studies Centers: The university is home to a number of programs, institutes and centers that provide specialized funding to support research and travel. An example is the International Institute, with 17 area studies centers based on regions around the world.
Cost of Attendance

Visit the Rackham Graduate School website for detailed information on cost of attendance, funding resources, financial planning, and cost of living for graduate students at the University of Michigan.