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Apply for Fall Preview

Preview Weekend has been suspended for Fall 2021.

Fall 2022 details will be announced in the Spring/Summer 2022.

Past Preview Weekend Details

Explore a Michigan Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD
October 9, 2020

The Department of Astronomy invites juniors, seniors, recently graduated students, and Master’s students to join us for a virtual 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 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. Eligible students will also meet one or more of the criteria for the university’s Rackham Merit Fellowship program. 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. One short essay (500-word limit per essay)

  5. Contact information for up to two references; one reference is required. (It is advised that you submit your application in advance of the deadline to ensure your recommender(s) have enough time to complete the recommendation form by the deadline).

Application Deadline: September 4, 2020

Apply online at this link

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