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The Rackham Graduate School offers direct help to master’s and doctoral students as they move through graduate school and into the world to address complex problems and work towards innovative solutions at home and around the world.

Funding Priorities

Below is a list of the graduate school’s areas of greatest need as we seek to reimagine graduation education at U-M in a way that is student centered and faculty led, and that emphasizes a holistic view of graduate training. Each section links to a printable PDF with detailed information on impact opportunities and programmatic support.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Rackham has a history and tradition of valuing the diversity of its students as an essential dimension of excellence in graduate education. We work on multiple fronts with graduate programs and student groups to attract, support, and empower a diverse student body from admission to graduation and beyond.

Advancing STEM Through Graduate Education

Rackham is committed to supporting STEM graduate students in garnering the skills necessary to be successful in their career development at Michigan and as they seek to connect their academic and research experiences with their personal career aspirations.

Help and Well-Being: Support to an Advanced Degree

Graduate students face unique challenges, often working to navigate studies, research, funding, and relationships with peers and advisors. Rackham seeks to continually expand the assistance and support available to students whenever and however they need it.

Advancing the Humanities and the Arts Through Graduate Education

Artists and humanists at Michigan are exploring fields as varied as romance languages, classical studies, and music theory, and Rackham is committed to supporting them in assessing their interests and skills, and in helping them actively explore potential career fields.

Supporting the Reimagined Graduate Education Experience

In order to address pressures on the current model of graduate education and continue to lead the national conversation about the future of research-based graduate training—both master’s and doctoral—Rackham is reimagining the graduate academic experience in a way that is student centered.

Public Scholarship: Blending Scholarship and Community Engagement

Our programs reimagine the academic experience by connecting students across disciplines around shared interest in public engagement, community-based scholarship, and the diverse career contexts in which their interests, work, and research can benefit the public good.

Advancing Graduate Education at Michigan

Society has never had a greater need for the advanced training of research based graduate education. Given our scope as a world-class research enterprise and our position of leadership nationally, Michigan is uniquely suited to shape that training for the century ahead.

From Research to Job Search

Rackham aspires to expand career opportunities and readiness for all students through mentoring, coaching, employer engagement, internships, workshops, and other programs that lead to satisfying and impactful careers.

Opening the Doors for International Students

Approximately 40 percent of all Rackham students come from outside the United States, and defining success for this important segment of the Rackham community involves providing a welcoming and supportive environment in which they can thrive.

Creating a Path to a Rackham Graduate Degree

Success in recruitment depends on opening the possibility of a graduate education to those who might have never considered advanced studies. Rackham endeavors to recruit and retain students with different backgrounds, regardless of the educational paths they have taken.

Student Support

Graduate education is crucial to Michigan’s excellence as a research university. Philanthropic gifts for graduate student support make a Rackham degree accessible for many talented students who might otherwise not be able to fulfill their potential and help advance the university’s mission.

How to Make a Gift


You can make a credit card gift using the Online Giving site.


You can make a gift via check or credit card by printing out this form and mailing it to:

Rackham Development and Alumni Relations
915 E. Washington St, Suite 1530
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


Please call 734.764.1125 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday Eastern Standard Time, to make a credit card gift.

Matching Gifts

You can increase your gift to Rackham by making use of your company’s matching gift program.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Rackham may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Gifts by Bequest, Trust, Gift Annuity, or Stock Transfer

A bequest intention, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or stock transfer can help you meet your personal, financial, and philanthropic goals. For more information, including sample bequest language, and to learn which option may be right for you, contact any Rackham gift officer.

  • Sarah Phillips, 734.647.2644
  • Chris Barry, 734.647.4572
  • Michele A. Siegal, 734.615.2133

Our Team

Michele A. Siegal

Michele A. Siegal

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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Chris Barry

Chris Barry

Gift Officer

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Kyah Courter

Kyah Courter

Gift Officer

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Jordan Kifer

Jordan Kifer

Major Gifts Officer

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Jane Lloyd

Jane Lloyd

Stewardship Officer

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Shelby Small

Shelby Small

Administrative Assistant Senior

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