The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan launched the LSA Collegiate Fellows program in 2016 as a major College initiative aimed at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment, recruiting and retaining exceptional early career scholars, and supporting outstanding scholars who are committed to building a diverse intellectual community.
Application portal opens: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Applications due: Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT)
Application deadline for candidates for the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Economics; Biophysics; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Statistics; and Physics only: Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT)
LSA offers its students an outstanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts at a premier research institution, and is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive scholarly environment. The purpose of the LSA Collegiate Fellows program is to support exceptional scholars in all liberal arts fields who are committed to diversity in the academy and to prepare those scholars for possible tenure-track appointments in LSA at the University of Michigan.
The College seeks early career scholars whose research, and/or teaching, and/or service will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated interest in bringing to their teaching/mentoring or research the critical perspectives that come from nontraditional educational backgrounds and pathways, and/or scholarly understanding of the experiences of groups who are historically underrepresented or marginalized in higher education.
LSA Collegiate Fellows will receive a starting salary of $60,000* plus benefits, as well as funds for conference and research expenses, for up to two years. During the fellowship, Fellows will devote their time to pursuing their independent research, as well as participate in pedagogical development activities such as the LSA Teaching Academy and classroom teaching/engagement. All Fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and to engage in departmental seminars and related activities. Fellows will also receive career advising from a departmental mentor during their fellowship.
LSA’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) will also organize and offer a number of cohort- and program-based activities designed to support Fellows’ scholarship and professional development, while building a community of scholars that has a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
*Thanks to generous alumni support, the Department of Economics is able to provide a supplement to the standard Collegiate Fellows salary.
For applicants in the natural sciences, doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2017 and July 1, 2022; For applicants in the social sciences or humanities, doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2019 and July 1, 2022 (August 31, 2022 for applicants in the Department of Economics).
Individuals awarded a PhD from U-M or currently holding a postdoctoral, faculty, or staff position at U-M are not eligible.
Predoctoral fellowships may be available in economics and political science; doctoral degree must be completed by July 1, 2023. If approved, predoctoral fellows will receive a starting salary of $50,000 plus benefits.
In the 2021–2022 year, candidates whose work is represented within the following LSA academic departments or units are invited to apply:
Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)
American Culture (includes ethnic studies programs)
Asian Languages and Cultures
Communication and Media
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Film, Television, and Media
Germanic Languages and Literatures
History of Art
Life Sciences Institute (LSI)
Middle East Studies
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
A complete submission will consist of:
- Curriculum vitae
- Research proposal that outlines your scholarly work and includes your research plan for the fellowship period (2-3 pages; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit).
- Diversity statement that includes your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements (1-3 pages).
- Teaching statement that describes your teaching philosophy, which may incorporate experience from formal or informal teaching and mentoring opportunities (1-3 pages).
- Dissertation abstract (1 page).
- Writing sample (1-2 samples; 35 pages maximum per writing sample. Examples include published or unpublished research paper, journal article, dissertation chapter. References, citations, formulas, appendices, and graphics do not count toward the page limit).
- Three letters of reference (Letter writers must submit letters of reference by October 7, 2021)
Most applications for the 2021–2022 LSA Collegiate Fellows program are due Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT), with reference letters due Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT).
Applications and reference letters for candidates for the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Economics; Biophysics; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Statistics; and Physics are due Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT).
Review and Selection
Using a multi-stage review process, applicants in all eligible fields will be reviewed according to their potential for success in an academic career and potential to contribute to higher education through their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarship, and/or teaching, and/or service.
Applications will be reviewed by NCID, faculty in the relevant academic department(s)/program(s), as well as a college selection committee and academic dean(s).