Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships

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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.

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.


Please read the application instructions thoroughly before starting the application. The application deadline is February 26, 2018.

About the 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.

Fellowship Projects

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Criminal Justice Program
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF)
Arab American National Museum (AANM)
Bentley Historical Library
Charles H. Wright Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Ginsberg Center for Community Service Learning
Michigan Humanities Council (MHC)
Michigan Publishing (1)
Michigan Publishing (2)
University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Michigan State University Matrix Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) - University of Michigan – Dearborn (1)
Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) - University of Michigan – Dearborn (2)
Rackham Development and Alumni Relations