2015 Yossi Schiff Memorial Scholarship Fund for Africans to Study in the United States of America

Deadline : April 13, 2015

Award Description

One stipend award of $25,000 will be made. A student may receive only one Yossi Schiff award, but in extraordinary circumstances a student may be considered for a second award. In no circumstances will a student receive more than two awards.

The Yossi Schiff Awards assist outstanding international students. Yossi Schiff received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2005. Born in Israel and proud of his Jewish heritage, Yossi was an enthusiastic traveler who enjoyed his sojourns in Africa and Southeast Asia.

This award honors his memory-his open mind and kind heart, the concern he showed for others, and his passion and curiosity in life. Designed to promote international understanding and offer an educational opportunity to foreign graduate students in need, the Yossi Schiff Memorial Scholarship Fund is a fitting tribute to a young man who cared deeply for the world around him and tried to foster values of mutual respect between people, cultures and nations.


Current international Rackham graduate students with an active F-1 or J-1 visas pursuing the following careers may apply:

  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • medicine
  • public health
  • public policy
  • nursing
  • environmental sciences

Students from the following countries are eligible:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Cote-d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Gaza Strip
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • The Occupied Territories (West Bank)
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

US citizens and permanent residents are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Students must be nominated by their programs. Students should contact their program regarding their selection and nomination process.

Nomination materials must include the following:

  1. Completed nomination and program information
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Personal statement
  4. Research statement
  5. Two letter of recommendation; one letter of recommendation from the program chair or faculty/research advisor and one additional letter of recommendation

Nomination Form

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Yossi Schiff Memorial Scholarship Fund


  1. İt ,s the first time to visite this site and like. However İ am african intrnational student who is doing MSc Degree in Economic development and international economic in Turkey. I hope that this site will help me to look for my doctorate or for another MSc.


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