Scholarship funds established by the School of Nursing are intended to supplement other University-level sources, and may be awarded based on a variety of factors, including donor-directed criteria, merit, or merit paired with demonstrated financial need. Scholarship funds do not require repayment, and may be awarded for one or more years. We recommend that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
in order to maximize their eligibility for funding opportunities. We also encourage students to complete their profile in Wolverine Access when applying for financial aid.
The School of Nursing awards scholarships on the basis of merit and the combination of merit and need. All students are automatically considered for aid. Recipients will be notified prior to the start of the academic year.
UMSN offers funding packages for incoming PhD students enabling them to study full-time. Details regarding the UMSN graduate fellowship funding packages:
PhD students should stay engaged with their faculty mentor and the Office of Financial Aid to learn about opportunities available to them.
Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship
For candidates who plan to defend in the fall or winter term, a Rackham Dissertation Fellowship may be awarded for one term. This fellowship is administered by the School of Nursing and consists of full candidacy tuition, registration fees, stipend and benefits. Applicants are selected by a faculty review committee based upon past student accomplishments and components of the dissertation. An email communication will be sent to PhD students which includes a link to the online application and information regarding associated deadlines.
New Research Investigator Awards
The School of Nursing offers funding to doctoral students or candidates to help support their research-related expenses as new nurse investigators. There is an annual call in the winter for applicants to request the New Research Investigator Award.
Applicants must be enrolled as doctoral students or candidates with an approved proposal for either their first research project or their dissertation. An appointed faculty committee reviews each applicant’s research plan and considers the following criteria: the scientific merit of the research topic, the quality of the application, and whether other sources of funding are available. The student must adhere to specific application guidelines including an outline of the purpose and background of their study, their analysis plan, and the study’s budget/budget justification.
The number of awards and exact amount may vary each year depending upon available funding. For more information regarding the Research Investigator Award application process, application submission deadlines, and award information, please contact the PhD Program Office
Newly admitted and returning DNP students are eligible for tuition assistance from the School of Nursing, and are automatically included in the eligible pool of candidates. Student award notification letters are sent prior to the beginning of their first term, or for returning students, prior to the fall term.
Other Scholarship Opportunities for Graduates
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program
Incoming Master’s students who have completed Peace Corps service are eligible to apply for a one-time award of up to $10,000. Accepted students who identify themselves in their Wolverine Access Scholarship Profile as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be contacted and invited to submit an application. See Coverdell Fellows Program
for full details.
School of Nursing Alumni Society Scholarships
The Alumni Society administers a number of scholarships for which graduate-level students are invited to apply:
Information regarding the School of Nursing Alumni Society Scholarships application process and applicable deadlines is communicated to students via e-mail, in April of each year. Any funding received is applied toward the recipient's tuition expenses for the next academic year.