Awards & Funding

Students in the School of Kinesiology graduate programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to assist in their graduate school experience.

Funding information for prospective students can be found on the financial aid pages:

Funding opportunities for current students can be found in the following links:

Travel Award Request 

Students presenting at conferences (domestic and abroad) can apply for funding to assist with their expenses.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Request Form

Kinesiology Graduate Student Awards

Students earning Kinesiology Awards are honored at the Kinesiology Graduate Student Research Showcase in April. Students may apply or be nominated for the award by the Kinesiology faculty members. Students may apply/be nominated for more than one award. Recipients are chosen by the graduate committee and recognized at the Showcase and Spring Commencement.


Paul A. Hunsicker Memorial Award

  • Open to all School of Kinesiology Master's and Doctoral Students
  • 2017-2018 Award Amount $1,000

The Paul A. Hunsicker Memorial Award honors the memory of Professor Paul Hunsicker, Chair of the Department of Physical Education for Men, 1958-70 and Director of the Department of Physical Education, 1970-76. The award recognizes one graduate and one undergraduate student who have demonstrated superior scholarship and professional zeal and promise. 2017 graduate student recipient: Sean Pradhan

Applications Open: October 15, 2017

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Click here to Apply


Stan Kemp Scholarship

  • Open to all School of Kinesiology Master's and Doctoral Students
  • 2017-2018 Award Amount $2,500

Friends of the late Stanley S. Kemp, BS '67, football official and business and civic leader established the Stan Kemp Scholarship in 1994. It is designated for juniors, seniors, and graduate students who display Mr. Kemp's high character, leadership, scholarship, integrity and idealism. Five scholarships are presented each year. 2017 graduate student recipient: Alison Ludzki

Applications Open: October 15, 2017

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

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Lucile M. Swift Honor Award

  • Open to all School of Kinesiology Master's and Doctoral Students
  • 2017-2018 Award Amount $1,000

Lucile M. Swift, BS '39, created the Lucile M. Swift Honor Award to financially assist a Kinesiology student who demonstrates professional promise, superior scholarship, as well as financial need.  2017 graduate student recipient: Michael Curran

Applications Open: October 15, 2017

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

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Don Canham Memorial Fellowship

  • Open to Sport Management Master's and Doctoral Students
  • 2017-2018 Award Amount $10,000

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

The Don Canham Fellowship honors the memory of a visionary and legend in intercollegiate athletics. Don spent more than 40 years at the University of Michigan. First, he was a successful track and field coach.  Then from 1968-1988, he was the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. His aggressive ideas in marketing and promotion generated revenues that made Michigan Athletics one of the most self-sufficient programs in the country. This fellowship recognizes one Sport Management graduate student at the Master’s or Ph.D. level. The fellowship will cover a portion of graduate student tuition for one semester. 2017 graduate student recipient: Kristal McGreggor

Applications Open: October 15, 2017

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

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Zatkoff Family Graduate Fellowship

  • Open to all School of Kinesiology Doctoral Students
  • 2016-2017 Award Amount $6,000
  • 2017-2018 Award Amount TBD

The purpose of the Zatkoff Family Graduate Fellowship is to enable and support Doctoral students’ research or scholarly activities in collaboration with their Faculty Advisors during Spring/Summer terms.  2017 graduate student recipients: Elena Simpkins and Michael Curran

Applications Open: March 15, 2018

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

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Rackham Awards and Fellowships

Rackham Graduate School offers several awards in two (2) categories: Program Nomination and Student Application.  Students cannot apply to Rackham directly for awards listed under the heading Program Nomination.

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Program Nomination

Deadlines listed for the following awards are set by the School of Kinesiology to ensure ample time for Graduate Committee review.

Rackham International Student Fellowship

The Rackham International Student Fellowship assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not eligible

Open to all School of Kinesiology Pre-Candidate Students who fit Rackham's eligiblity requirements.

  • Awards of $10,000 may be used as stipend or tuition.
  • Students may receive this award only once. 
  • Visit Rackham's website for more information regarding this award. 
  • Please do not try to apply directly to this award via the Rackham website. Applications must be submitted to School of Kinesiology (see below).

Applications Open: September 5, 2017

Application Deadline: September 24, 2017

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Rackham Non-Traditional Student Fellowship

The Rackham Graduate School has established the Rackham Non-Traditional program to aid master’s students who return to graduate school after an extended absence. Because an interruption in schooling may place such students at a disadvantage in competing for financial assistance awarded at the time of admission, these awards help non-traditional students fund their return to formal education

Open to all School of Kinesiology Master's Students who fit the following criteria:

  • have been away from academic study toward a formal degree for at least three years.
  • be a first- or second-year student in a Rackham master’s program and enrolled for a minimum of three (3) credits in the term in which the award is applied.
  • Visit Rackham's website for more information regarding this award. 
  • Please do not try to apply directly to this award via the Rackham website. Applications must be submitted to School of Kinesiology (see below).

Applications Open: September 5, 2017

Application Deadline: September 24, 2017

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ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. The graduate committee may submit one nomination to Rackham. 

Open to all School of Kinesiology Doctoral Students who fit the following criteria:

  • Must be awarded the doctoral degree during the 2017 calendar year, which includes commencements held in May, August, or December.
  • Students who defended the dissertation in 2016 but received the degree in 2017 are also eligible to be nominated.
  • Students who defend the dissertation in fall 2017 but do not receive the degree until May 2018 are ineligible for the current year but may be nominated for the 2018 competition. 
  • Please do not try to apply directly to this award via the Rackham website. Applications must be submitted to School of Kinesiology. 
  • Students are nominated by their faculty advisor.
  • Visit Rackham's website for more information regarding this award. 

Faculty will receive an email regarding procedures and required documentation on or about October 2, 2017.

Nominations will be accepted from faculty beginning October 2 through October 15, 2017.

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Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Program

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing. They seek to support students working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful. The School of Kinesiology can submit up to three (3) candidates for the 2017 program. This is a prestigious fellowship that is awarded to only the most outstanding nominees.

  • Open to all School of Kinesiology Doctoral Students that must be advanced to candidacy by the Rackham Office of Academic Records and Dissertations no later than January 5, 2018 (for Winter 2018 or earlier).
  • Fellowships include a stipend of $32,640 (currently), candidacy tuition and required fees for twelve months.
  • GradCare health and dental insurance will be provided during the fellowship period.
  • Students may receive only one award.
  • Visit Rackham's website for more information regarding this award.

Students will receive an email regarding procedures and required documentation on or about November 15, 2017.

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Barbour Scholarship

This award is for international women working on their graduate degree who intend to return to their home country upon completion of their degree. The School of Kinesiology may nominate one student to Rackham.

  • Open to all School of Kinesiology Doctoral Students
  • Awards cover full tuition and required fees, stipend of $20,400 (currently) for one academic year (fall and winter terms), GradCare health and dental (option 1) during the tenure of the fellowship.
  • Students may receive only one award.
  • Awards are non-renewable.  
  • Nominees must be citizens of countries in the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east).
  • Visit Rackham's website for more information regarding this award.
  • Please do not try to apply directly to this award via the Rackham website. Applications must be submitted to School of Kinesiology (see below).

Applications Open: November 16, 2017

Application Deadline: December 17, 2017 (extended)

Click here to Apply

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Lipschutz, Ayers Host & Olcott Smith

The purpose of this award is to recognize and support promising women scholars. Award recipients will have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and an interest in the success of women in the academic community. The School of Kinesiology may nominate one student to Rackham. 

Open to School of Kinesiology Doctoral Students who fit the following criteria:

  • This award supports promising women scholars.
  • Nominees must be actively pursuing a doctoral degree who have achieved candidacy by January 12, 2018.
  • ​Award includes $6,000 awards for Spring/Summer support.
  • Students may receive this award only one time.
  • Visit Rackham's website for more information regarding this award.
  • Please do not try to apply directly to this award via the Rackham website. Applications must be submitted to School of Kinesiology (see below).

Applications Open: November 16, 2017

Application Deadline: December 17, 2017 (extended)

Click here to Apply

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Student Application

Several Rackham Awards & Fellowships that do not require nomination from the Graduate Committee are listed below.  Please visit Rackham’s website for additional awards and funding that you may be eligible for.

Rackham Awards available throughout the year (deadlines classified as ongoing).

National Awards and Fellowships

We have had many students who have been successful at obtaining funding and awards from sources outside of the University. We have listed some of the more popular awards below. We will make every effort to keep the information below up-to-date; however, it is highly suggested that you visit each website to ensure you have the most up-to-date application information.

Please note that specific University of Michigan procedures may need to be instituted for external research awards and fellowships. The opportunities below will indicate if internal processes apply, however, if you and your Faculty Advisor choose to apply for a research funding opportunity that is not listed below please email Sue Vignoe at chrisali@umich.edu for a determination. If the application must be processed through the University of Michigan system it is recommended that you begin preparing your application and speak with the Research Process Manager (see contact information below) 8 -12 weeks prior to the sponsor deadline.

Research Process Manager
Elizabeth Tropiano
734-615-5373
etropian@umich.edu


National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Program

Internal Procedures Apply

Website: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Funding Provided: Three full years (cost shared by Rackham), each year including:

  • Tuition
  • 12 months of GradCare and Dental Insurance
  • $30,000/ year stipend.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • US Citizen or permanent residents
  • Must not have completed more than 12 months of post-baccalaureate, full-time graduate study at the time of their application (can apply up to the beginning of the 2nd year of grad study)
  • Must be working toward a degree leading to a research-based doctoral degree

Kinesiology Deadline: October 15, 2017

University of Michigan Deadline: October 17, 2017

Sponsor Deadline: October 23, 2017


Ruth L Kirchenstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F31)

Internal Procedures Apply

Website: NIH/NRSA Kirschstein Individual Training Grants  

Funding Provided: Award is cost shared by Rackham and Department, each year including:

  • 2 terms of tuition
  • 12 months of GradCare and Dental Insurance
  • $21,180/year stipend, Rackham Cost Shares stipend up to $24,000/year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • US Citizens or Permanent Resident
  • Evidence of high academic performance in the science and substantial interest in research in areas of high priority to the participating Institutes

Sponsor Deadlines: April 8, August 8, December 8
University Deadlines: Four business days prior to sponsor deadline


National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Internal Procedures Apply

Website: National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Funding Provided: Three full years (cost shared by Rackham), each year including:

  • 2 terms of tuition
  • 12 months of GradCare and Dental Insurance
  • $102,000 over a 36-month period (consecutive)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Citizen or nationals of the United States.
  • Completed less than 2 years of full-time graduate study, or,
  • Plan to enroll as a Full-Time Doctoral Student in the fall of your first fellowship tenure year.
  • Must be working towards a degree related to an area of DoD interest within one of 15 disciplines.

Application Deadline: Late Fall
University Deadline: Four business days prior to sponsor deadline


North American Society for Sport Management Student Research Competition

Website: North American Society for Sport Management

Research paper submitted should reflect a student’s analytical and/or theoretical research interest and be appropriate for presentation at the NASSM Annual Conference. The winner of the student competition will have an opportunity to present this paper at the President’s Luncheon during the NASSM Annual Conference.

Funding Provided:

  • $500; $250 top three finalists & waiver of annual conference fee. All winners may be asked to present.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students MUST be enrolled in a college or university at the deadline of submission (AND not be employed in a full-time academic position at the submission deadline. Students may not submit more than ONE paper for this competition, and if accepted for presentation, this paper will count toward the two-presentation maximum for the NASSM Annual Conference.

Sponsor Deadline: January
University Deadline: N/A

NOTE: If you apply and are selected for this award please send a quick email to chrisali@umich.edu.


North American Society for Sport Management Doctoral Research Grant

Internal Procedures Apply

Website: North American Society for Sport Management 

This grant is intended to advance scholarship in sport management by providing support to NASSM doctoral student members as they pursue projects of importance to the field, and advance scholarship in the field of sport management.

Funding Provided: Varies/Not less than $1600.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Award applicants must be a NASSM student member in good standing at the time of submitting the proposal.
  • Award recipients must be doctoral students during the tenure of the award.

Application Deadline: February 
University Deadline: Four business days prior to sponsor deadline.


Stadium Managers Association Foundation Scholarship Program

Website: https://www.stadiummanagers.org/index.php/foundation/scholarships

The SMA Foundation scholarship program strives to provide an opportunity for outstanding students enrolled in sports administration programs, with an emphasis on facility and/or event management to learn more about the profession through networking with leaders in the field in an educational, and informal setting.

Funding Provided:

  • Tuition Assistance - $3,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited sport administration/management program.

Application Deadline: Spring

American Kinesiology Award

The American Kinesiology Scholar Awards honor a select number of students from member departments, recommended by department faculty, whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. The awards are intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students and to promote kinesiology and its related fields. Students are nominated by the Graduate Committee for this prestigious award. Interested applicants should work with their Faculty Advisor to prepare the required documents for submission to the Graduate Committee as directed below.

Website: http://www.americankinesiology.org/scholar-awards

 

Funding/Award Amount: Certificate of Recognition. If selected by the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) for the National Award, recipient will also receive a $250 gift certificate from Human Kinetics.

Application Requirements:

  • Doctoral Scholar Award. To be considered for U-M Kinesiology’s nomination, the faculty advisor and the student should work together to prepare and submit a 2-page (maximum length) CV after ensuring the student meets the following criteria as required by the AKA:

    • 3.75 GPA
    • Expected to graduate in the 2018 calendar year. 
    • Demonstrates exceptional scholarly interest in field of kinesiology.
    • Demonstrated leadership and service in the profession.
  • Masters Scholar Award. To be considered for UM Kinesiology’s nomination, the faculty advisor and the student should work together to prepare and submit a 2-page (maximum length) CV after ensuring the student meets the following criteria as required by the AKA:
    • 3.50 GPA
    • Expected to graduate in the 2018 calendar year.
    • Demonstrates exceptional scholarly interest in field of kinesiology.
    • Demonstrated leadership and service in the profession.
  • Graduate Student Writing Award. To be considered for U-M Kinesiology’s nomination, the faculty advisor and the student should work together to select a publication for consideration by the graduate program ensuring that both the student and the selected publication meet the following criteria as required by the AKA:
    • The student nominated must be first author on the publication.
    • Papers must be published in the previous calendar year.  Nominations for the 2018 award must have a 2017 date.  On-line journal publications are acceptable with documentation that the publication is in its final form.
    • In-press manuscripts are not eligible.
    • The paper must have been accepted for publication while the graduate student was enrolled in the department (i.e. papers accepted after graduation are not eligible)

Application Deadline: Midnight, Friday, February 23, 2018.
Link to Application: TBD