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Barbour Scholarship

The Barbour Scholarships were endowed at the University of Michigan in 1917 by Levi Lewis Barbour for women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the countries encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east to study modern science, medicine, mathematics, and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands.


Any graduate program in any school or college of the Ann Arbor campus, whether or not such programs are in Rackham, may nominate one student each year. Nominees must be citizens of countries encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east. In addition, nominees:

  • must not be permanent residents or citizens of the United States and not married to permanent residents or citizens of the United States;
  • must intend to devote themselves to a professional career in their native countries after graduation;
  • must be enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Michigan;
  • must have completed two full semesters of graduate work at the University of Michigan before beginning tenure as a Barbour Scholar; and
  • must be in residence on campus as a full-time student during the tenure of the award.

Selection Criteria

Fellows are chosen on the basis of potential for contribution to their home country as well as academic record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and timely progress to the degree. Preference will be given to doctoral nominees who have achieved candidacy.


January 13, 2020

Award Description

5-8 awards, depending upon the availability of funds, are available. Awards cover full tuition and required fees, stipend of $21,084 (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.

Nomination Process

Students must be nominated by their program. Any graduate program on the Ann Arbor campus may nominate one student each year. Please contact your program for their nomination procedures.

To nominate a student, graduate programs must complete a nomination form and submit the following:

  • Statement of Student Achievement and Potential (the statement from the graduate program chair should describe the procedure for selecting nominees; the statement should also explain how the nominated student’s academic progress meets the expectations for the program for timely completion of degree requirements. 1,500 words)
  • Nominee’s personal statement describing her research, future goals, and contributions to her home country* (1,500 words)
  • Current curriculum vitae (c.v.)
  • Budget statement regarding the student’s current means of support (including source, amount and length of support, 1,500 words).
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s graduate chair or faculty advisor noting her achievement and promise.

Please Note

In addition to the standard information requested in the personal statement, nominees for this award should specifically address key issues in their field, the anticipated impact of their project on their field, how they propose to use their new skills in the service of their country, and their professional goals in terms of the type of work and organization they hope to be employed in 10 years after completing the degree. If the nominee has a promise of a job in her field upon her return home, she should include the name of that organization.

Complete a Nomination Form