Funding Your Impact

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Professional and community engagement is supported by a strong commitment from UMSI to develop opportunities for students to apply their skills - locally and globally - to advance the public good. UMSI students can apply for funding related to their internships or for information-related projects or professional development. Grants are available through the University of Michigan and the School of Information.

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UMSI Internship Grant

The UMSI Internship Grant supports students who are participating in an internship that may be unpaid or does not provide a competitive salary/wage. The grant will prioritize internships which:

  • Provide a global experience
  • Create social impact
  • Pay less than $5,000 for a full-time internship

Multiple funds are available with differing criteria. View the complete list of Internship Grant Funds available.

The grant application is now open. 

Deadline for Spring/Summer:

  • Priority deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Final deadline: June 15, 2019

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but are reviewed after the priority deadline. There will be a second and third round of reviews after the priority deadline, contingent upon the availability of funds. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but will only be reviewed after each round's deadline.

Grant applications are reviewed holistically; higher quality applications are awarded higher amounts of requested funding. All applicants are encouraged to use the grant application advising services provided by the UMSI Career Development and Professional and Community Engagement staff (see below for details).

UMSI Mini Grant

The UMSI Mini Grant supports students who require funding for information-related work and professional development. Mini grants will be rewarded up to $1,000 for the following:

  • Project-related costs
  • Conference attendance
  • Internship travel/relocation expenses
  • Research-related funding
  • MTOP
  • Costs related to student start-up companies
  • Skills-Development/training opportunities

Each of the funding areas has very specific criteria. Applicants must review the M-Compass brochure and application and the funding eligibility document prior to applying. 

Start your application today!

Deadline for Winter 2019 term:

  • April 9, 2019

Deadline for Spring/Summer:

  • Priority deadline: April 14, 2019
  • Final deadline: June 30, 2019

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grant Advising and Preparation

Regardless of whether you are applying to a UMSI or U-M grant, staff at the Engagement Center offer advising for all UMSI students. Participation in one of the following for grant preparation is required to apply for a UMSI grant.

Drop-in advising occurs weekly on Thursdays (times vary - see iTrack or email Students may also schedule an one-on-one advising appointment in iTrack.

Grant preparation workshops, where students will prepare to apply for UMSI grants and other grants at U-M, including learning about the questions that are required of most grant applications and an opportunity to work on your application materials in a workshop/studio setting.

April 10, 12-1 PM @ the Engagement Center

April 17, 12 - 1 PM @ the Engagement Center