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Apply for Fall Preview

Explore a Michigan Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD
October 20-22, 2022

The Department of Astronomy invites juniors, seniors, recently graduated students, and Master’s students to join us for a preview event. We welcome applications from students who will contribute to our department's mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics - Astronomy is for Everyone. This event is a collaboration with the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) and Rackham Graduate School.

This event is an opportunity to explore graduate education at Michigan, meet world-renowned faculty and current graduate students, and learn about life in Ann Arbor. During this event, you'll learn about:

  • state of the art research happening at the University of Michigan

  • the admissions process 

  • program funding

  • what graduate school is like and how it works

Students who are accepted and attend this Preview event will receive a waiver for their application fee when they apply to the Astronomy PhD program.


Our Preview Event is open to domestic (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status) undergraduate juniors, seniors, recent graduates or master’s students who have outstanding academic qualifications, show exceptional potential for scholarly success in a graduate program, and demonstrate promise for contributing to wider academic, professional, or civic communities. 

To qualify for this program, applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study;
  2. have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm, specifically efforts in the U.S to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  3. have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances; or
  4. are a first generation U.S. citizen or are the first generation in your family to graduate from a four-year college or university. 

For more information on these criteria, please visit the Rackham Merit Fellowship website.

If you are interested in exploring the PhD program in Astronomy at the University of Michigan, but do not meet the eligibility criteria to participate in this event, please reach out to us at! We would be happy to answer your questions regarding the application process and academic life in the department.


To complete the Fall Preview Event application, you will be asked to submit:

  1. Applicant information
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. List of professors you would like to meet and/or work with
  4. Research Interest Form
  5. Reference letter

The application will be live in mid-June with a deadline of September 14 at 12 PM (EST). You can find the full information for the LSA event at this link


Application Deadline: September 14, 2022, 12pm EST

Apply online at this link

Applicants will be notified of decisions by September 21, 2022

Questions? Contact