Eligible projects/events:


Maximum yearly award total of $1,000.

For independent faculty-supervised research on a multicultural issue:

  • Applicant must have undergraduate or graduate student status both at the time of application and at the time of conducting research.
  • The maximum grant award is $1,000
  • Please provide information on any UM departmental funding you have received and if not, why not?

For presentation of scholarly research on multicultural topics at a national or international conference:

  • Verification of presentation must submitted on FluidReview at the time of application
  • Verification of presentation should be in the form of an email confirmation that your presentation has been accepted or a copy of the conference agenda.
  • The maximum grant award is $1,000 for individual presentations.
  • Group presentations, panels, and poster presentations are capped at $500.
  • Conference attendance is capped at 5 people. If more than 5 apply, we will fund in order of application submission.

Participation in a major national or international academic conference without presenting one’s own research may be funded when this will make a significant contribution to multicultural understanding:

  • The maximum grant award is $400
  • Conference attendance is capped at 5 people. If more than 5 apply, we will fund in order of application submission.

Criteria for Individual Applicants:

  • Individual students may receive funding only once per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
  • All applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus
  • Submitting a proposal through SAMI grants permission for OAMI staff to verify a student’s financial eligibility through the Office of Financial Aid. Students who receive Federal or State financial aid will need to demonstrate sufficient remaining need to qualify for a SAMI grant.


  • Non-academic or entirely social events (e.g. balls, banquets, parties)
  • Fund-raising activities or charitable events
  • Organizations that have a consistent base of substantial funding (e.g. Michigan Student Assembly, Project Serve, University Activities Center)
  • University transportation (in accordance with University liability insurance regulations)
  • Payment for food items
  • Study abroad experiences unless a significant academic multicultural opportunity has been clearly identified, that goes above and beyond the study abroad experience
  • Dissertation research
  • Religious Events
  • Scholarship competitions, awards, presentation ceremonies and banquets
  • Profit-making events
  • Prizes
  • Internships
  • Experiences used for academic credit

Application Deadlines


If you have any questions about eligibility or the application process please contact Hector Galvan at hgalvan@umich.edu

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