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UMSI offers a variety of fellowships that help students earn an MSI, including fellowships to support students with financial need, students from diverse backgrounds or students who have volunteered with the Peace Corps. Details for some of those programs are below. Some require a specific application; for others, you will be considered the moment you file your application for the MSI program.

UMSI Achievement Fellowships are structured to assist eligible students with two semesters of support consisting of tuition, required fees, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $10,541 (adjusted annually each September) per semester followed by two additional semesters of full tuition support.

The University of Michigan School of Information Achievement Fellowship is open to newly admitted students who:

  • Have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors or other designation)
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan
  • Have demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations to reduce social, educational or economic disparities. By diversity we mean the broad definition of the underrepresented groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQA status, non-traditional students, first generation college students, first generation U.S. citizens, veterans or persons with disabilities
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college

As with UMSI merit scholarships, decisions for this fellowship are based on application materials; there is no separate application required.

Current Rackham Master's Award recipients and Rackham Merit Fellows that elect to pursue a dual degree with either the School of Information's Masters of Science in Information (MSI) or Masters of Health Informatics (MHI) programs are eligible to receive matching funding through our MSI Achievement Fellowship.

The Bonk Assistantship is a program combining education and work experience for students within the MSI. Students attend classes full-time and work a 50% appointment in the university while earning a full tuition scholarship, health care benefits and a stipend. This is a two-year appointment available for incoming students. The position is in the Clements Library and is ideal for students interested in special collections, digital preservation or archives. You can view the position description here. Applicants are reviewed for these positions based on submitted application materials.

You can read about Corey Schimdt, who digitized more than 5,000 objects for the Clements Library during his Joyce Bonk Assistantship, here.

Note: There are no Bonk awards available for Fall 2020.

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows logo

UMSI, in partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps, provides returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) the opportunity to earn an MSI through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.  

The program offers up to two students a year 50%-100% tuition support. Those who have served as a Peace Corps volunteer, Peace Corps Response (PCR) volunteer or Global Health Service Partnership volunteer prior to enrolling in UMSI’s MSI program are eligible.

All RPCVs receive an application fee waiver to the MSI program. Coverdell Fellows are encouraged to participate in U-M and UMSI’s Peace Corps recruitment activities and are expected to bring the third goal of the Peace Corps to the university: to promote helping Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries.

Applicants to UMSI’s Master of Science in Information program can apply for the fellowship by indicating in their application that they are an RPCV and in which Peace Corps program they completed their service.

For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, email You can also read the story of Jessamine Bartley-Matthews, who spent two years as an agricultural volunteer in Nicaragua prior to coming to UMSI.