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Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship


This fellowship is offered by the Center for the Education of Women. It is intended as an award of high distinction and is presented to "women held in the highest esteem by their faculty." The amount of the fellowship will be determined by individual need, and more than one may be awarded.

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is for nominated women graduate students in a humanities or social science field within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) or an interdisciplinary degree program in which a major component is taught by faculty from a department of LSA. If enrolled in a dual degree program, the nomination must come from the LSA department. The Fellowship is intended as an award of high distinction and is presented to women held in the highest esteem by their faculty. It is provided through an endowment established by the late Margaret Earhart Smith in recognition of her friend, Ms. Raphael, who, by personality and action, “evoked power in people above and beyond their ordinary capacity.” The intent of the donor is that the Fellowship provide for tuition and essential living expenses without sacrifice of the fellow’s time, such as through employment. The amount of the fellowship will be determined by individual need.


  1. Women graduate students enrolled for the 2018-2019 academic year in a social science or humanities doctoral program in the College of LS&A, who have completed at least four terms at the U of M at the time of application. Departmental nomination is required.
  2. Must have at least one of the following criteria:
    • A minimum five-year (60 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school OR
    • Be a Primary Caregiver

Primary Caregiver definition:

  • Lives in the same residence at least 50% of the time and consistently assumes major responsibility for housing, health, and safety of a minor, older adult, or disabled adult; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.
  • Lives in separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult for a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation for at least the past 6 months; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.  

In addition to these criteria, preference will be given to undergraduate students who currently qualify for a federal PELL grant, and undergraduate and graduate students who are first generation students (no parent has completed a bachelor's degree). 

Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of academic excellence and capacity for intellectual growth
  • Clarity of scholarly and professional goals
  • Potential to make an exceptional contribution (broadly defined) to society 
  • Demonstrated financial need

This fellowship is supported by the Mary Malcomson Raphael Fund. The amount of the fellowship will be determined by individual need in collaboration with the recipient, the nominating department and the Office of Financial Aid. More than one fellowship may be awarded.Awards will be announced by May 2018.

Application Procedures

Each Area can submit one nomination. Nominations should be submitted to the Student Academic Affairs Office by the deadline (below), via email to:

For each nominee, the Area Chair needs to submit the following materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation from people knowledgeable about the candidate's qualifications.
  • Candidate's two-page personal statement regarding her scholarly and professional goals (1,000 word limit).
  • Candidate's two-page academic statement with a description of her scholarly work (1,000 word limit).
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • Candidate's statement of a projected budget for 2018-2019 indicating how she expects to finance education and living expenses without the Fellowship. This should include information about any fellowships or external funding that have been awarded for 2017-2018. If your nomination is chosen to be forwarded to the CEW, you will be required to complete the CEW's Application and Financial Statement form.

The Psychology SAA Committee will review all nominations at its January meeting and forward one nomination to the CEW for further consideration. For the application that is selected, the Area Chair for that student will be asked to submit a letter of nomination.

For more information about this fellowship, please see the CEW website.

Application Deadline: 1/11/2018