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Information and opportunities related to current Student Life.

Stamps Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant

The Stamps Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grant is intended to provide funding to actively-enrolled students pursuing a degree program at Stamps and in good academic standing; Stamps staff; and Stamps faculty/instructors to support student's professional and personal development related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It also provides funding to the School’s programmatic efforts and activities aimed at developing an environment that strengthens the School’s commitment to DEI and adopts tangible, sustainable practices that are guided by our organizational mission and values.

Situations eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Student DEI professional development and career exploration.

  • Supporting registration fees for DEI opportunities and defraying costs associated with travel/lodging.

  • DEI programming supports students' learning, growth, and development.

  • Subsidizing costs to bring speakers, artists, designers, and creatives whose practice centers on DEI tenets.


  • Students must be currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and maintain good academic standing.

  • Stamps staff and faculty/instructors working on student-centered projects, learning, and programming.

  • DEI grant amounts for students will depend on the activity they are attending. A travel advance would be provided and expenses will be processed as reimbursements following the activity.

  • Programmatic and/or curriculum funding must support activities that enhance the quality of student learning and specifically target DEI-related content and pedagogy.


  • It is recommended that you connect with Stamps Lecturers Ali Shapiro and Jennifer Metsker to receive guidance on how to best write a grant submission and answer the application questions: learn more and book an appointment for a writing consultation here.

  • The Review Committee will use this rubric to assess your submission proposal. Use this rubric as a reference when writing your proposal.

Application Process

Students can apply online and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The online application can be found here. Before applying for DEI grants, students are encouraged to speak to Mark Chung Kwan Fan ( He may be able to help identify alternative and/or additional sources of financial assistance and/or provide useful advice.

Online applications include the following:

  • A brief statement describing the professional and/or personal development opportunity and the total dollar amount of DEI funds being requested.

  • Budget detailing the amount of DEI grants requested and an itemized list of how the funds will be used.

Additional Information

  • These funds are made possible by generous donor support. In recognition of donor generosity, students, staff, and faculty/instructors will be asked to complete a questionnaire and message of gratitude to the donor(s). For any questions regarding this portion, please contact Bruni Bezati (
  • When completing your proposed initiative, we would like to highlight your accomplishments with a news story on the Stamps website. For any questions regarding this portion, please contact Rebecca Vogel (

Stamps Engaging Leaders

Stamps Engaging Leaders is a cohort-based peer-to-peer program connecting returning undergraduate students with first-year and transfer undergraduate students. The goal is to increase a sense of connection, engagement, and community within the Stamps undergraduate community. This is accomplished through peer-to-peer group interactions guided by Stamps Peer Leaders (returning Stampers) who are trained to deliver intentional points of contact and programmatic efforts to first-year Stampers, including transfer students.

Stamps Engaging Leaders aims to engage incoming new students in a hybrid format. Once on campus at the beginning of the fall semester, Stamps Peer Leaders have the responsibility to engage their respective cohorts of students with regular in-person and virtual check-ins throughout the first three months of school while connecting new students to campus resources conducive to students’ transitioning to college.

Recruitment and Application Process

Applications for 2022-23 are currently closed.

Stamps Peer Leaders are responsible for creating and maintaining connection and community within their cluster's participants. Throughout the first three months of the fall semester, Stamps Peer Leaders engage new students through various modalities by acquainting, referring, and educating new students to U-M and Stamps resources and campus culture. The selection and training of student peer leaders will take place at the beginning of each fall semester and monthly virtual check-ins with the group of peer leaders will be conducted. Being a Stamps Peer Leader is a paid opportunity and below are some things to keep in mind when applying for the position:

  • February-April 2022: Recruitment & Hiring
  • August 2022: In-person training
  • September-November 2022: Monthly check-ins
  • November 2022: Program assessment 1.0
  • April 2023: Program assessment 2.0

Stamps Student Professional Development Grants

Description: The Stamps Professional Development Grant is available for Stamps undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking financial support to expand their creative portfolio, contributing to their growth as an artist or designer. This grant supports the development of skills, knowledge, and frameworks that artists and designers need to advance professionally. Examples of approved grant requests involve attending conferences or workshops, or to help with exhibition-related expenses outside of Stamps. Professional development funds cannot be used for costs associated with meeting the requirements of a degree program. Grants typically do not exceed more than $250 per applicant.

To request funding, please complete this form.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at the Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Any currently active student organization registered and in good standing through the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Center for Campus Involvement
  • Professional Development requests have to meet the standards set by the Student Life unit at Stamps which reads as follows - Attending conferences or workshops, or to help with exhibition-related expenses
  • The professional development opportunity, for which the funds are being requested, has to be completed prior to the student's graduation date
  • Funding is only provided once a semester per applicant
  • Funding can be used to support internships with Stamps faculty members

Preparing for Application Process:

Application Process:

  • Review eligibility criteria
  • Submit an application by completing the application form. Questions within the application process include:
    • Applicant or student organization contact information
    • If applying as an organization - org name, shortcode, and project grant (for student organizations)
    • What professional development opportunity are you looking to fund?
    • How does this professional development contribute to your professional development as a creative?
    • What is the anticipated completion date of the initiative?
    • How much are you requesting? You will be expected to upload a forecasted expense budget.
    • Adherence to grant expectations
  • Funding decision will be communicated to you via email

Grant recipients are expected to:

  • Applications must contain a detailed budget with anticipated expenses for the professional development
  • Provide any pertinent updates/changes to the Stamps Student Life staff ( about the initiative (i.e. change of date, time, or location; no longer needing the professional development grant; etc…)
  • Acknowledge the support of the Stamps School of Art & Design on promotional platforms/materials (as applicable)
  • Provide any expense receipts after the professional development opportunity is completed (as applicable)
  • Complete the Stamps Professional Development Grant Recipient Survey. As part of this survey, recipients will provide a thank you letter to the donor(s) responsible for supporting the Stamps Professional Development Grant

Failure to meet these requirements may result in the termination of the funding agreement.

Funds cannot be used for:

  • Costs associated with meeting the requirements of a degree program
  • Costs associated with Stamps hallmark events and exhibitions such as the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Stamps Senior Exhibition, etc…
  • Costs associated with classes/courses outside of the Stamps School
  • Opportunities that do not comply with the law and/or institutional policies
  • Funds cannot be used to directly benefit charity, fundraising efforts, or profit-making initiatives
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drugs

For any questions regarding the Stamps Professional Development Grant, please email

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) provides input and support that advances the work of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Board members provide input and engage in discussions on the direction of the School, as well as new and existing programs and initiatives.

Consulting with the Board

The Student Advisory Board is available to provide feedback and input on student-facing services and initiatives, and Stamps faculty and staff are invited to propose topics of discussion for monthly SAB meetings. To make a request, please complete this Google Form prior to the Friday preceding your anticipated visit: Student Life staff will confirm your visit by email.

Composition, Commitment, and Responsibilities

The SAB is composed of 8 undergraduate student leaders representing diverse identities and experiences. Members are selected through an application process in the winter term prior to their term serving on the board. The SAB is heavily comprised of students who may not already serve in student leadership roles on campus. Eligibility to the Student Advisory Board includes:

  • Members will maintain a 3.0 or above GPA and good academic standing.
  • Members will adhere to the U-M Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and other policies set by the University.
  • Members are expected to make a minimum of one academic year commitment
  • Members must attend an orientation session at the start of their term.
  • Members must attend and actively participate at monthly board discussions, Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm. Future meeting location and dates will be made available once selection process is complete.
  • Members cannot serve more than two terms.

Violations of the above commitments may result in a review of membership and possible cancellation.

Board member responsibilities include:

  • Provide feedback and input on Stamps-related services and initiatives that are student-facing with goals of improvement.
  • Share insights on current topics, trends, and needs that Stamps students are experiencing during the academic year.
  • Offer exhibition and programs related advice aiming to cultivate a sense of belonging for students at the Gallery.
  • Advise on the process of fostering, developing, and sustaining student programs benefiting artists and designers.
  • Provide a collective end-of-year impact summary and presentation reflecting the board’s achievements.

Being a SAB member is a vital, visible and high-impact role that elevates student voices, opinions, and needs. There are several benefits to being a member of the Stamps SAB:

  • Influence the direction of the Stamps School mission and objectives through interactions with Stamps leadership, including initiatives that resonate with and are important to you.
  • Gain valuable skills including advocacy, decision-making, networking, critical thinking, and leadership.
  • Gain experience providing feedback and working in collaboration with other students as well as University staff with a variety of educational and occupational backgrounds.
Recruitment and Application Process

Applications are currently closed.

Student Emergency Fund

The Stamps School of Art & Design’s Student Emergency Fund is intended to help meet financial needs of Stamps students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program (award amount will vary, typically up to $2,500). This scholarship is not intended to supplement a student's financial aid package and cannot be awarded beyond what a student’s aid package allows.

Situations eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, dental, or mental health emergencies for the student.
  • Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters.
  • Expenses related to the loss of an immediate family member.

Challenges Related to COVID-19: Requests due to COVID-19–related hardships, even those that fall outside of the categories listed above, are welcomed and will receive full consideration. Such requests will be evaluated individually and could include support for temporary housing needs, emergency travel, or issues related to the need to work off-site or inability to work for an extended period because of self-quarantine, self-isolation, or social distancing. We will be continually monitoring these criteria as the situation evolves.


  • Students are typically limited to one (1) Stamps Student Emergency Fund award during their undergraduate and graduate career.
  • Students must be currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and maintain good academic standing.
  • For students who qualify for need-based financial aid, receipt of this award may reduce the original loan amount or subsidy.

Emergency Funding generally does not cover:

  • Expenses due to lack of financial planning
  • Outstanding debt (to the university or otherwise)
  • Tuition and other university fees
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Technology Repair/Purchase

Application Process

Students can apply online and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Before applying for emergency funds, students are encouraged to speak to their advisors or program coordinator. These individuals may be able to help identify alternative and/or additional sources of financial assistance and/or provide useful advice. Students should also contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to submitting an application for help evaluating their individual circumstances and potential impact to financial aid.

Additional Information

Students who are experiencing financial difficulties that exceed the scope of this fund may request a meeting with an advisor or program coordinator to further explore the difficulties they are experiencing. Staff will be in touch with students to help address needs, concerns and to assist with campus referrals, as appropriate.

Student Organizations

Interested in joining an existing student organization or in creating your own at U-M?

  • Browse the University’s Maize Pages for a complete list of student organizations.
  • Preview student organizations with particular relevance to art and design students on our site.
  • Use the links below to learn more about starting your own organization.

For more information, contact