University-Wide Award: Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship

Award Overview

Eligibility

At the time of application, an applicant must:

  • Have received an official offer of admission to a graduate program at the University of Michigan (starting September of the competition year)
  • Be a domestic or international graduate student
  • Be registered (finishing U of T program by August of the competition year) or a recent graduate of the University of Toronto
  • Demonstrate academic merit – have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed

Application Process

The Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship is one of the endowed awards within the SGS University-Wide Awards competition. Review the full Application Process on the University Wide Awards web page.

Each applicant must ensure that a complete application package (including their referee’s letter) is provided to their graduate unit by the unit’s specified deadline. ​

Application Package

​​A completed application will include all of the following items (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

  1. Completed and signed University-Wide Awards application form;
  2. ​Original or certified copies of official transcripts from all universities attended in the last two years of full-time studies or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must include transcripts for all graduate studies;​
    • ACORN print-outs are sufficient for the U of T transcript
    • Certification/validation may be performed by the graduate unit. If the graduate unit is not able to certify/validate a transcript, it is each applicant’s responsibility to obtain and provide within their application package an original official transcript that was issued by the appropriate institution
    • Grading legends must be provided with every transcript. Copies of unofficial transcripts from other institutions will not be accepted. Transcripts should not be separately mailed to the Graduate Awards Office​​​​​
  3. ​One page statement written by the applicant confirming that s/he has been offered admission to a graduate program at the University of Michigan and will be / has accepted the offer; also provide a brief plan of study/research proposal in non-technical language​;
  4. A copy of the offer letter from the University of Michigan on official university letterhead and a copy of the applicant’s acceptance of the offer of admission​; and
  5. One letter of reference addressing the applicant’s academic merit from an academic supervisor/advisor or a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic work (one page maximum)​; letter must clearly state the referee’s name and contact information.

Note: Each recipient will be required to provide the University of Michigan’s confirmation of their registration for the academic year immediately following the current competition, to the Graduate Awards Office.

Additional Info

Donor: Estate of the late Donald M. Springer