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The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions.  The objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced
degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests.

Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers. Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2016, and September 1, 2019.  Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor  during the academic years of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to their independent research or artistic projects.  This is not an artist-in-residence program but rather an opportunity to develop one’s work in conversation with fellows from a range of disciplines during the three years of the  fellowship.  Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. or comparable artistic or  professional degree from the University of Michigan will not be considered.

Applications will also be accepted for the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows in Beijing, which will offer three three-year fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants to the
Michigan Society of Fellows may also apply to the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows with a single application.

Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University faculty.  Final selections will be made in late January by Senior Fellows of the Society.  Fellows will be selected for three-year terms
to begin September 1, 2019.  The annual stipend will be $60,000.

The online application is available at:


Application Deadline:  September 25, 2018

We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.