Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the social, physical, and life sciences, the humanities, and in the professional schools.

Each Fellow has a three-year appointment as Assistant Professor in an affiliated department of the University and a three-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows. This appointment is not tenure-track. The current annual stipend is $60,000. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health, dental, and life insurance programs. Each fellow is expected to teach the equivalent of one academic year, i.e., a total of two terms during the period of the fellowship. Any subsequent appointment of a Fellow to a position at the University of Michigan would be subject to the rules governing new appointments.

Fellows are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor for the academic years of appointment (September to May) and to participate in the activities of the Society of Fellows. Off-campus research leave during academic terms will be permitted only in rare cases, only for brief periods of time, and only upon written application to the Chair of the Society well in advance of the proposed leave. Any leave granted will count as part of the fellowship tenure.

Publications

Fellows are asked to cite their affiliation with the Society of Fellows in any publications that result from work done during their tenure and to provide the Society with copies of such published work.

Report on Scholarship

At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are asked to submit a written report on their activities and accomplishments during the year.

Activities

The Society of Fellows is an interdisciplinary intellectual community in which the postdoctoral Fellows are joined by Senior Fellows to share their work in progress. Fellows are expected to participate in monthly colloquia, attend dinners of the Society, and to engage in conversation with other members about their intellectual interests. They participate in the annual evaluation of new applicants for the Fellowship, serve as evaluators for the Distinguished Dissertations Awards sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School, and act as mentors for graduate students completing their dissertations.

Research Assistance

The departments of appointment have primary responsibility for providing office and laboratory or studio space for Fellows, as well as access to other research needs or equipment. The Society will help to assure the cooperation of departments in providing the requisite setting for the scholarly and creative work of each Fellow. Each Fellow may draw on the Society’s funds for research or travel on approval from the Chair and with proper receipts, up to a total of $1500 per year. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants.

Questions may be submitted to society.of.fellows@umich.edu.

Eligibility

The Society invites applications from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received the Ph.D. or comparable professional or artistic degree between June 1, 2016 and September 1, 2019. Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan will not be considered. Non-US citizens may apply.

Application Procedures

  • Only online applications will be considered.
  • It is not necessary to send a transcript of graduate courses or grades.
  • Applicants who have previously applied for the Society of Fellows’ postdoctoral fellowships may re-apply but must complete a new application.
  • The dates for completion of the Ph.D. degree, between June 1, 2016 and September 1, 2019, are strictly observed, with no exceptions.

Notification of Applicants

  • Applicants will receive a confirming email message once the application is complete.
  • Please provide both surface mail and electronic addresses so that we can reach you easily. Advise us by e-mail if either address changes.
  • Final review will occur at the end of January 2019, and applicants will be notified in writing by March 1.
  • All dossier materials and the selection committee’s evaluations remain confidential. The committee is not able to provide feedback on individual applications.

The Society invites applications from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received the Ph.D. or comparable professional or artistic degree between June 1, 2016 and September 1, 2019. Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan will not be considered. Non-US citizens may apply.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:00 PM EDT

Dossier Items

For Referees

Dossier items to be completed by the referee:

  • Confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically to the Society by two referees.

For Candidates

  • Dossier items to be completed by the candidate:
  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample – not to exceed 40, double-spaced pages
  • Research proposal – not to exceed 3, double-spaced pages
  • $35 Application fee

Details of Dossier Items

For Referees

  • Confidential letters of reference from no more than two referees should be submitted in PDF format as instructed by the applicant.
  • Letterhead is preferred
  • Letter should be addressed to: Professor Donald Lopez

For Applicants

The application form will be available August 1.

For the department(s) entry please designate the academic department(s) you would expect to be affiliated with at the University of Michigan. This is usually the department of your Ph.D. and the department(s) in which you are qualified to teach.

The research proposal should outline the methods and aims of research beyond your thesis or other work resulting in your last degree.  Please keep in mind that your project proposal will be read by non-specialists, as well as by specialists in your field.  Proposals that involve more than on discipline and/or demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.

Application date
25 Sep 2018
Duration
3 years
Country
America United States Great Lakes
Discipline
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 3 years
Award granted
US$ 60.000/year
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