Faculty members who have identified  a prospective, incoming graduate student interested in research in Computational Discovery and Engineering to join their research groups are invited  to nominate the student for an MICDE $4K Top-off Fellowship.

MICDE has offered $4,000 top-off fellowships since 2014. These fellowships are meant to augment other sources of funding. The awards have proven to be an effective tool in recruiting top students. Fellows may use the funds to attend a conference, buy a computer, or any other approved activity that will enhance their graduate experience. Our expectation is that Fellows enroll in the Ph.D. in Scientific Computing, the Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering, or the Graduate Certificate in Computational Neuroscience.


To nominate a student, you must be a tenure/tenure-track or research faculty member at the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Please fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM to submit your nomination. The form cannot be saved before submitting, so you will need to have the following student nominee information ready:

  • full name
  • undergraduate institution and major
  • Master’s institution and major (if applicable)
  • expected research area and brief statement of support
  • U-M application file (pdf)


The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. However, applications will be reviewed in two phases:

  • Phase 1: nominations submitted by Friday, January 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. will be reviewed. We expect to send notifications by Monday, February 1, 2021.
  • Phase 2: nominations submitted between Saturday, January 16 and Friday, February 26, 2021 will be reviewed. We expect to send notifications by Friday, March 11, 2021.

We can only accept one nomination per faculty member. Please nominate a student for whom you believe the fellowship will make a material difference in deciding to join U-M. If you are nominating on behalf of your department’s recruiting committee, we can void this requirement, but please let us know which faculty members are likely to be the student’s advisors.

If you have any questions about these fellowships, please read the FAQ section on this page, or contact micde-contact@umich.edu.

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You can submit questions to micde-contact@umich.edu

    1. How many fellowships do you expect to offer?
      A: We will offer between 10-15 fellowships.
    2. Does it make a difference to apply during phase 1 or 2?
      A: No, except that our funding capacity may be smaller in phase 2.
    3. What are the requirements for a student to be considered for the award?
      A: They must have applied to a graduate program at U-M, expecting to start in FALL 2021; they must have shown a strong interest in computational science, and/or scientific computing in their application.
    4. If the student I nominated declined the offer, may I nominate someone else?
      A: No, we only accept one nomination per faculty member.
    5. Can I submit a nomination if I am not from the Ann Arbor campus?
      A: No. We are sorry that at this time, due to administrative and logistical reasons, we are not able to offer this fellowship to students on the Flint or the Dearborn campuses.