The CEW Scholarships and Fellowships Program

Scholarships

The CEW Scholarship Program for returning women students was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and foundations, CEW has awarded over 1,500 scholarships since 1970. CEW Scholarship Awards are invaluable, since they often mean the difference between completing a degree or not doing so for many students at the University of Michigan. Due to the generosity of donors, CEW was able to expand the program in 2008 to include additional scholarships for male and female students on the Ann Arbor campus.

Eligibility Criteria

CEW Scholarship applicants must be attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Flint, or Dearborn campuses) during the year for which the scholarship is awarded. Be certain to check the complete list of criteria before applying for a scholarship.

2014-2015 Scholarship Application 

Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now closed. The application deadline was January, 31, 2014. Check back in the middle of November for the 2015-2016 application. If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Bee at cew-scholarships@umich.edu. 

Applicants for the 2014-15 academic year:

The first  selection committee will meet at the end of April.  If your application does not make it to the second committee you will be notified by the second week in May.  If your application does make it to the second commitee you will not hear from us. So "no news is good news" is really the case! 

The second selection committee will meet at the end of May. You will hear from us if you have been selected a CEW scholar or not by the middle of June. 

Thank you for your patience. We understand that waiting can be difficult. We review your applications in their entirety and therefore the process is time consuming. 

Scholarships Offered

Gail Allen Scholarship 

AAUW Scholarship 

AAUW: Mary Elizabeth Bittman Memorial Scholarship
Jane and Bill Bloom Scholarship
Margaret Dusseau Brevoort Scholarship
Ruth Jeanette Buttrey Scholarship
CEW Graduate Scholarship
Collegiate Sorosis Foundation Scholarship
Molly H. Dobson Scholarships
Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Scholarship 

Elizabeth Dusseau Scholarship
Beatrice Kahn Scholarship
Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship
Sarah Winans Newman Scholarship

Aline Underhill Orten Foundation Scholarship
Linda J. Rider Scholarship
Helen Huff Shell Scholarship
Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarships
Faculty Women's Club Scholarship

Irma M. Wyman Scholarships

Awards

Approximately 40 Scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, with some larger scholarship awards given.

 

Fellowships

Three CEW fellowship programs offer funding to UM graduate students.  The application deadline for all fellowships was January, 31, 2014. Check back in the middle of November 2014 for the 2015-2016 application.

Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship
 

The Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship offers multiple grants up to $6,500 each for graduate students who are U.S. citizens pursuing research, field work, cultural experience, or other study relevant to their graduate degree, preferably in the areas of public health, health care, or environmental work in South or Southeast Asia (excluding China or Japan). Preference given to students seeking funds in addition to this source.

To apply, submit an original application plus four copies of a packet that contains the following:

  • Application pages 1 and 2
  • Proof of IRB approval for the project (if relevant for the nature of the research)
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A proposal of not more than 1500 words describing the applicant’s reasons for planning to study or conduct research in South or Southeast Asia (excluding China and Japan) as well as the objectives and methods of any planned research project
  • Project budget (page 3 of the application) itemizing all costs and showing how the Bailey funds would fit into the budget and how additional costs, if any, would be covered
  • A current transcript, including Fall 2014
  • An indication via the transcript or other means of having studied the language of the country the applicant intends to visit
  • Two letters of recommendation including the Request for Reference sheet, both of which should come from faculty in the applicant’s discipline(s).  The letters and cover sheets may be submitted directly by recommenders separately from the application. We do accept letters of reference via email at cew-scholarships@umich.edu. We do not accept applications via email.
  • Financial Statement (application pages 5,6, & 7)

Mail or deliver your application packets to (We do not accept applications via email):
Center for the Education of Women
Attention: CEW Fellowship Program
330 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2274
 

 

Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship 

 

The Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship supports research by a graduate student from the Islamic World or Africa enrolled in the Rackham Graduate School up to $4,000.  Review a list of majority-Muslim countries considered for this purpose to comprise the Islamic World.  Read about the first Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship Recipient.

Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing research in international and global issues in the contemporary period, with a focus on political, economic or societal change as well as new solutions to issues arising from the spread of globalization.  Particular attention will be given to research abroad.  Also, in order to ensure that as broad a range of people as possible is able to do research on international topics, women graduate students and students intending to return to their home countries to contribute their scholarly and professional skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline was January 31, 2014. Check back in the middle of November 2014 for the 2015-2016 application. 

To apply, submit an original application and  four copies (5 application packets) that contains the following:

  • Application (pages 1 and 2)
  • Proof of IRB approval for the project (if relevant for the nature of the research)
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A proposal of not more than 1500 words describing the objectives and methods of the planned research project
  • Project budget (page 3 of the application) itemizing all costs and showing how the Wright funds would fit into the budget and how additional costs, if any, would be covered
  • A current transcript, including Fall 2014
  • Two letters of recommendation including the request for reference, both of which should come from faculty in the applicant’s discipline(s). The letters and cover sheets may be submitted directly by recommenders separately from the application.

Mail or deliver your application packets to (We do not accept applications via email):
Center for the Education of Women
Attention: CEW Fellowship Program
330 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2274

 

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship - by Nomination Only 

Deadline to nominate was January 31, 2014. Check back in the middle of November 2014 for the 2015-2016 application.

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is for graduate women students in a humanities or social
science field within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The Fellowship is intended as an
award of high distinction and is presented to women held in the highest esteem by their faculty. It is
provided through an endowment established by the late Margaret Earhart Smith in recognition of Ms.
Raphael, who, by personality and action, “evoked power in people above and beyond their ordinary
capacity.” The intent of the donor is that the Fellowship provide for tuition and essential living expenses
without sacrifice of the fellow’s time, such as through employment. The amount of the fellowship will
be determined by individual need. At least one Fellowship will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic
year and will be announced in June 2014.

Each department is invited to submit one nomination.

A candidate should have completed at least four terms at the University in a graduate program leading to a doctoraldegree. There should be clear evidence of distinguished scholarship as well as a commitment to and concern for the larger society. We urge departments to recommend students who have reached candidacy. While pre-candidates may be selected in exceptional circumstances, it is unusual for pre-candidates to demonstrate the level of distinguished scholarship the Fellowship requires. A former nominee who did not receive the Fellowship may be her department’s nominee for a second year. 

ELIGIBILITYWomen graduate students enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year in a social
science or humanities doctoral program within the College of Literature, Science
and the Arts or in an interdisciplinary degree program (in which a
major component is taught by LSA faculty, ex. Social Work and Social
Sciences) and who have completed at least four terms at the University at
the time of application.

Departmental nomination is required.

SELECTION
CRITERIA

Evidence of academic excellence and capacity for intellectual growth.

Clarity of scholarly and professional goals.

Potential to make a contribution (broadly defined) of exceptional usefulness
to society.

NOMINATION
PROCEDURE

Each department is invited to submit one nomination. Please submit the ORIGINAL
PLUS FOUR COPIES
of all nomination materials to the Center for the
Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty 2289.

For nomination materials or questions please contact Kristina Bee via
cew-scholarships@umich.edu or 734-764-7271.