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Forms, links, and handbooks for MDes and MFA graduate students.

Course Fees and Student Expense Reimbursements

This document is intended for use by students and faculty at the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan to provide an overview of and protocol for course fees, refunds and student expense reimbursements.

Learn more about reimbursement procedures at Stamps in the Finance Office FAQ.

MDes Post-Graduate Support

The Stamps MDes Graduate Program supports a variety of scholarships, presentations at conferences, residencies, individually funded projects and post-graduate opportunities. Recent graduate students are eligible to apply for funding opportunities up to five years after graduation. Post-graduate support is not an obligation of the Stamps MDes Program, it is merit based funding that is reviewed by the Associate Dean’s office and the Program Director. Funds are disbursed as reimbursement.

The Stamps MDes program will help fund conference participation, exhibitions and projects on a case-by-case basis.

Review Timeframe: Proposals are reviewed bi-annually (October 15 and February 15).

MFA Post-Graduate Support

The Stamps MFA Graduate Program supports a variety of scholarships, residencies, individually funded projects and post-graduate opportunities. Recent graduate students are eligible to apply for funding opportunities up to two years after graduation. Post-graduate support is not an obligation of the Stamps MFA Program, it is merit based funding that is reviewed by the Associate Dean’s office and the Program Director.

The Stamps MFA program will help fund exhibitions, residencies, and projects on a case-by-case basis.

Partial funding is available for a wide range of fellowships and residencies including support for several residency programs with which Stamps has an ongoing agreement.

Review Timeframe: Proposals are reviewed bi-annually (October 15 and February 15).

Rackham and University Program Funding

Additional fellowships, grants, and scholarships are 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.

Writing Consultations Available

Are you working on a writing project for a class or on your own? Do you use words and images in your work? Do you just need someone to brainstorm with about a project you're working on?

Stamps students can book a writing consultation appointment via Zoom with Jennifer Metsker or Ali Shapiro to work on any writing-related projects.

You can book an appointment at any stage of the writing process, from staring hopelessly at a blank page, to furiously brainstorming/freewriting/mind mapping, to tinkering with sentences during the revision! Some of the topics Ali and Jennifer can work with you on include:

  • Academic Essays
  • Grants or Proposals
  • Study Abroad Applications
  • Creative Writing
  • Project Brainstorming