ISD Merit Scholarship (IMS) for Students in ISD Master’s Degree Programs


ISD applicants do not apply directly for the IMS, but are nominated by the program admission committee. Applicants are encouraged to provide relevant information in the personal statement of their application for admission. The application submission deadline is January 15. Only complete applications will be considered. Awardees will be notified no later than May 1. Award notifications will be sent to selected recipients by April 1 for fall term applications and October 1 for winter term applications; applicants who do not receive notification of an IMS award by those dates were not selected for the award.


The IMS is open to newly admitted fall and winter masters students in an ISD graduate degree program who have a record of excellent academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors) and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated academic leadership and extraordinary potential for professional success;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the U.S. or at the University of Michigan;
  • Have demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • To receive the IMS during a 12 month period, students must be registered full-time (minimum of 18 credit hours during that 12 month period).

Award Description

  • IMS is provided in one 12 month period in a total amount of US$10,000 for in-state or online students and US$20,000 for on campus out of state students in the form of tuition reduction and/or stipend.
  • With ISD approval, IMS recipients may defer the IMS award for up to six months.
  • IMS recipients are expected to be engaged full-time in making academic progress.
  • While receiving the IMS, students may not accept Graduate Student Instructors (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRA), or Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) employment above 0.25 appointment.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • IMS recipients are expected to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards established by their graduate degree program and ISD throughout the period of scholarship tenure.
  • IMS recipients are encouraged to seek routinely direction and counsel from their Program Director and Program Coordinator during every term.
  • IMS recipients experiencing academic difficulties are strongly advised to obtain early assistance from their graduate program and ISD.

Program Changes/Dual Degrees

  • IMS recipients are awarded for study in the ISD program that nominated the student. IMS recipients who wish to change fields or add programs must have their eligibility for continued IMS support reviewed and approved by their new graduate program and by ISD prior to making the change.
  • IMS recipients pursuing dual degrees with non-ISD degree programs must file their programs of study with ISD before the funding can be released. ISD funds may not be used to pay tuition for University of Michigan courses taken while registered in a non-ISD degree program.