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Thank you for your interest in applying for the Frankel Institute 2019-20 Theme Year, “Yiddish Matters


To apply, please complete the online application by clicking the appropriate link:

University of Michigan Applicants
(Anyone with an active umich login)

External Applicants

  1. Applications and Letters of Recommendation are due by Oct 8, 2018
  2. You may save your application at any time and return to complete it later using the “Save as Draft” button at the bottom of the application form.
  3. The application form does NOT automatically save – use the “Save as Draft” button frequently.
  4. For long answers, we recommend typing your responses offline and copying them into the form.

Applications are reviewed by the Institute’s Steering Committee and at least two external evaluators drawn from the Institute’s Academic Advisory Board.  Notifications will be made no later than March 2019.

Document Checklist

To complete your application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF format.

  • Abstract of your proposed fellowship project (100 words)
  • Description of your proposed fellowship project (1,000 words)
  • Current CV with a list of your publications
  • 1-2 samples of completed work and/or work in progress (not more than 40 pages each)

To upload, click the “Choose file” button and then the “Upload this file” link for each document.

All documents and other materials must be in English.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. Letters of recommendation will be solicited and submitted within the online application.
  2. You must request three letters of recommendation.
  3. You may request letters of recommendation at any point, even before you have submitted your application using the “Letter of Recommendation Request” feature at the bottom of the application form.
  4. Letters of recommendation are due by Oct. 8, 2018, so please be sure to give your recommenders enough time to submit their letters.  We recommend requesting your letters of recommendation as early as possible. 


Fellowship applications are accepted from both tenured and untenured faculty as well as from recent Ph.D.’s without a tenure-track position and professors emeriti. Where appropriate, applications are accepted from independent artists, documentary film-makers, and writers.

You may apply either for a full academic year fellowship or for a single semester.

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Faculty Eligibility:

All LSA faculty eligible to apply must be tenure–track, full–time faculty members engaged in major scholarly and/or creative projects in the humanities and/or interpretive sciences. They must have completed two consecutive terms of full–time teaching since their last leave of any kind. As this is a scholarly activity leave, terms on this award do not count toward sabbatical. Further, LSA faculty may apply to only one of the following in a given year: (1) Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, (2) Institute for the Humanities, or (3) Michigan Humanities awards.

University of Michigan Emeritus faculty members are not eligible for the fellowship.

* Note: Past Frankel Institute Fellows, not from the University of Michigan, must have a 4 year break before they are eligible to apply.


Depending on rank, experience, and length of stay at the Institute, Fellows receive compensation ranging between $45,000–$66,000.  Additionally, University of Michigan health benefits are available for fellows who carry a 50% or greater appointment for four consecutive months.


Please contact with any questions regarding the application.