International Student Scholar Program

The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) invites applicants to apply for the 2017 International Student Scholar Program. This program provides living expenses for one month to graduate students and junior scholars wanting to visit the University of Michigan and conduct research with a CHGD faculty member on issues pertaining to interdisciplinary developmental and health sciences.  We are particularly interested in supporting doctoral students of middle- and low-income from countries where scholarship support may be difficult to obtain.

Grant Benefits

An award of up to $4,000 provides expenses that can be used towards J-1 visa fees, housing, living expenses, airfare, and health insurance. All applicants are advised to contact the University of Michigan’s International Center before applying to make certain they understand fully the requirements for international study and travel to the U.S. CHGD will assist with the visa application process, but all potential applicants should work with the International Center.


  • International students from a foreign school or research institution wishing to spend a month in residence at the Center for Human Growth and Development
  • Students currently enrolled in graduate programs in the U.S. are ineligible
  • Students working on their dissertation research
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • A clear and well-formulated proposal about what they would like to accomplish in the U.S. and how it relates to their work in their respective country. The proposal is the single most important  portion of the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a prospective faculty member to discuss the proposed project before applying

Scholars from eligible disciplines are advised to contact CHGD faculty to assess eligibility and fit with existing research. Check the CHGD website for all current CHGD faculty and their projects. All doctoral students applying must have prior approval and a letter of support from the CHGD faculty member who will be sponsoring your visit.

Areas of Interest of Current CHGD Faculty

Cognitive Development & Learning  

Early Brain Development & Neuroscience 

Global Child Health & Development 

Healthy Children, Families & Communities 

Fathers and Families

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following materials for consideration:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a detailed statement of research interests and career objectives
  • two letters of recommendation

All application materials MUST be submitted via mail or e-mail to:
University of Michigan
Center for Human Growth & Development
Temuulen Johnson
300 North Ingalls
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(tel) 734-764-2443
(fax) 734-936-9288

The deadline is June 1, 2017