Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships

Previously funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships provide Rackham students exciting opportunities to intern at cultural, nonprofit, and educational organizations on campus, in Ann Arbor, and in nearby communities like Detroit.

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The goals of these fellowships are to connect graduate students’ knowledge to opportunities for impact outside the classroom, to advance mutually beneficial projects with partner organizations that serve diverse public audiences, and to assist students in exploring diverse career paths.

Experience working in diverse career settings can enhance students’ research and make them more competitive for positions inside and outside academia, improving their professional adaptability for a range of positions and roles. Each position provides skills to position students for future success as junior faculty members and emerging professionals within and beyond higher education, with a commitment public engagement.

Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships:

  • Part-time (15 to 20 hours per week)
  • 8 to 15 weeks (May to August)
  • Stipends (generally $3,360 to $5,000 based on time commitment)

For doctoral students without other spring/summer funding (teaching, summer research fellowship, etc.), Rackham will work with departments to provide a supplemental award to support your advancement toward your degree during the term of your Rackham Public Engagement Fellowship. To be eligible for this award, you will be asked to provide a letter from your advisor and/or the Director of Graduate Studies in your department.

Some positions will require work and commuting beyond Ann Arbor. If you do not have individual transportation, one option is the Detroit Connector bus, which makes stops in Dearborn and Detroit from Ann Arbor.

Application Instructions

Fellowship Projects

Sites include museums and archives, computing and the humanities, university development, and non-profit foundations.

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Arab American National Museum
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Digital Library Federation (DLF) at the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR)
Michigan Humanities Council
Michigan Publishing: Digital Publishing Product Development
Michigan Publishing: Editorial & Marketing Analysis
Michigan State University MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Challenge Grants
University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library Academic Programs and Outreach
University of Michigan Detroit
University of Michigan Library
University of Michigan Museum of Art: Academic Outreach and Teaching
University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Development and Alumni Relations