Graduate Student Grants in Public Scholarship

The Grants in Public Scholarship support mutually beneficial projects between Rackham students and a broad spectrum of community partner organizations that result in the co-creation of public goods. The grants are generously supported by the University of Michigan Office of Research.

Program Overview

The Grants in Public Scholarship support mutually beneficial projects between Rackham students and a broad spectrum of community partner organizations. These have included civic organizations, cultural institutions, government agencies, K-12 schools, and community groups. Grant projects are collaboratively-designed and result in products that advance new knowledge, enrich civic life, or address a pressing social issue.

Rackham students may apply for up to $8,000 to develop and implement mutually-beneficial projects designed in collaboration with non-academic partners. Grants may be awarded to individual students working with a community partner organization or those working as part of multidisciplinary teams.

Learning Goals

The Grants in Public Scholarship aim to support students’ intellectual and professional development by helping them:

  • Apply their scholarly knowledge and methods to serve the public good
  • Initiate and develop trusting, mutually beneficial collaborations with their community partners
  • Translate and apply their various skills (collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking, research, leadership, etc.) in public settings
  • Experience the rewards of scholarship, pedagogy, and/or creative work that has real social impact.

Rackham supports students in achieving these goals by:

  • Providing resources, networking, and training opportunities to increase the depth and impact of graduate student engagement in public scholarship
  • Promoting the creation and dissemination of public goods and scholarly knowledge
  • Providing professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in publicly-engaged careers both inside and outside the academy

How to Apply

Graduate Student Grants in Public Scholarship are awarded annually. The CFA for Graduate Student Grants is posted each September with awards announced in early spring. The application process includes two rounds. In the first, interested Rackham students submit a letter of intent describing their proposed project. Strong applicants will be invited to complete the application, which includes attendance at a proposal workshop in November.

 

Timeline
Event Date
Letter of intent deadline Mid October
Proposal Workshop Early November
Full proposal deadline Mid January
Grants Announced Late March