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Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS)

The University of Michigan invites outstanding individuals to apply for the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS). This program is designed to encourage rising seniors, recent B.A.s and terminal Master's students from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider pursuing a doctoral degree in humanities at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to attract diverse scholars with unique experiences who foster innovation and push the humanities to meet today's challenges. For 2017, students interested in the fields of English, History, Linguistics, Romance Languages and Literatures, Sociology (qualitative), and Women’s Studies (any humanities field) are eligible.

This summer research experience, running from Tuesday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 14, 2017, will help students learn about the various fields within their chosen discipline along with the latest methodologies and developments from faculty in individual departments. Students will have the opportunity to work on a piece of their own scholarship or develop a research project in consultation with U-M faculty and graduate students in their field. Attention will also be given to articulating the importance of diversity to the development of the humanities. Students will receive practical instruction on applying to graduate school and pursuing careers inside and outside academia.

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Eligibility Requirements

We are not able to accept students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan.

  • We seek rising seniors, bachelor’s degree holders, and those currently in terminal M.A. programs, who are United States citizens, permanent residents or non-U.S. citizens with DACA. Please note, those who are currently applying to enroll in a doctoral program for Fall 2017 are ineligible to participate in MICHHERS.
  • We seek students who come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
  • To apply, students should have a compelling record of academic accomplishments.

For 2017, students interested in the fields of English, History, Linguistics, Romance Languages and Literatures, Sociology (qualitative) and Women's Studies (any field in the humanities) are eligible.

Application Materials

Your application must include:

  • A brief essay (approximately 500 words) on your academic and professional background and goals.
  • Unofficial transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable) through December 2016. If you completed a degree at a community college that transcript should also be included.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • An academic writing sample (between 7 to 15 pages double spaced). This paper should be a piece of original scholarship but does not necessarily need to have been written for a course. The writing sample should be submitted under the "Research Paper" section of the application.
  • Please upload a research plan in PDF format. There is no minimum length for your research statement, so it can be either a brief statement or a more detailed one, depending on the information you include. Consider the questions below, pick some to answer and make that your research plan:
    • What would you like to know more about in your field of interest? (This could be in relation to your writing sample or a new topic that interests you.)
    • Why are you interested in that?
    • What made you think of this topic? (For instance, you can make reference to a reading you did, a class you took).
    • How do you think we can we help you pursue this topic? ( For instance, suggest additional readings, teach me how to analyze the material I am interested in; suggest new sources of data.
    • What do you hope to gain from participation in this program?

All application materials should be submitted through the Rackham website. Paper copies will not be accepted.

For questions e-mail rackmichhers@umich.edu or call (734) 647-4013.

Application Deadline

Applications and supporting documentation must be received online by a date to be determined in mid-February 2018, Eastern time.

Final decisions will be made by the end of March.

Benefits – All Expenses Paid

  • Travel
  • Room and board
  • $500 stipend
  • Opportunity to revise a significant scholarly essay
  • Work with Michigan’s distinguished faculty and graduate student mentors to develop your best ideas
  • Application fee waiver for University of Michigan application