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Prospective Applicant FAQ

The following address some of the more commonly asked questions about the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. If you have a question about the program that is not adequately answered by the FAQs, please email your inquiry to


Do I have to be an underrepresented minority to apply for this fellowship?

No. The program is open to all persons who meet the eligibility criteria, without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, or other identity characteristics.

What academic disciplines are allowable for applicants?

Academic departments and units eligible for the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellows are listed on the main program page.

If I have applied for another fellowship at the University of Michigan, can I still apply?

The University of Michigan has numerous postdoctoral fellowship programs. If you have applied to another program, you may still apply to the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, but you must disclose this on the application.

Can I still be considered if I do not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency?

Yes, provided that you can demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

I'm an assistant professor. Can I still apply?

The fellowship is designed to give new scholars an opportunity to become more competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty appointments. It is not a fellowship program for individuals already on the tenure track to take time out for research with the intention of staying at their current institution. Candidates with tenure-track appointments are not favored in the selection process, unless there is a clear explanation of how an award to the candidate would further the goals of the program.

I received my Ph.D. over five years ago. Am I still eligible to apply for this fellowship?

No. Only applicants who will have completed the doctoral degree no later than July 1, 2018, and no earlier than January 1, 2015, are eligible to apply. *Applicants in the fields of economics and political science must complete their doctoral degree by July 1, 2019.

I will finish my doctorate after July 1 of next year. Am I still eligible to apply this fall?

Only applicants in the fields of economics and political science may be considered for a predoctoral fellowship, and must complete their doctoral degree by July 1, 2019.


Do I need to find a faculty mentor?

All successful candidates will receive career advising from a mentor during their fellowship. Mentors will be assigned by the home department; however, if you would like to identify someone on the faculty in an LSA department whom you might like to have serve as your mentor, you will be able to provide their name in the application.


What materials are needed to submit an application?

The list of materials needed can be found on the main program page; additional guidance on research, diversity, and teaching statements be found on the Research, Personal, and Teaching Statement Criteria section.

Should my materials be single-spaced or double-spaced?

Most applications are single-spaced (or between 1.0 and 1.5) with breaks between paragraphs; we need enough information about you to make a decision, but also need to be able to read your submission easily. Please ensure that your formatting makes it easy for reviewers to read.

Are there sample applications available for review?

No. There are many variations on successful applications. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors or mentors about how to submit a competitive application. You may wish to read about our inaugural cohort of Fellows to get an idea of the varied scholarship disciplines and diversity commitments that this Fellowship supports; note that this is not meant to be restrictive, but to underscore the breadth of the Fellowship.

Should I send my graduate transcripts along with my online application?

No. The program does not require transcripts to be sent with the application. However, the program will request official graduate transcripts if you are selected as a finalist and will not offer you a fellowship unless official graduate transcripts are received and deemed satisfactory.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting the online application is Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The deadline for reference letters is October 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

When will the final decisions be announced?

Finalists will be invited to the University of Michigan campus in late January or February. When invited, expectations for that visit will be communicated. Offers will be made by March 2018.



Who will review my application?

Applications will be reviewed by the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the relevant LSA academic department(s), and a college level faculty committee.

What criteria are considered by the selection committees when reviewing applications?

Review committees evaluate applicants in all fields according to their potential for success in an academic career and potential to contribute to higher education through their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or service.