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U-M Faculty Fellowships

The application deadline is December 10, 2018 at 12 noon.

The Institute for the Humanities, founded in 1987, promotes interdisciplinary research and discourse in the humanities and the arts. The central function of the institute is to form an intellectual community of faculty and graduate student fellows who spend an academic year in residence in the institute, pursuing their research and participating in a cross-disciplinary, weekly seminar. We seek applicants working in humanities research areas who demonstrate capacity to contribute to and gain from interdisciplinary exchange through the fellows seminar.

The institute has a faculty director and small staff who manage its programming and facilitates research by the resident fellows.  To the core community formed by the faculty and graduate student fellows, we add several distinguished visiting fellows who typically join us for anywhere from one week to a full term.

Faculty Fellowship
Faculty fellows are released from their usual teaching and service duties to pursue their research while continuing to receive their normal salary and benefits. Faculty fellows take up residence at the institute for the full academic year (September 1 - May 31), participate in the weekly fellows seminar, and present a lecture in our FellowSpeak series. The institute directly funds 50 percent of a faculty member's salary and benefits up to a cap of $65,000. The balance is funded by the faculty member's home school/college.

Policies Set by the College of LSA

  1. Applicants must hold a full-time, tenured/tenure-track appointment on one of the university's three campuses: Ann Arbor, Flint, or Dearborn.
  2. Faculty may not apply during the year in which their tenure will be decided.
  3. LSA Faculty must have returned from an academic leave to one year of active duty in order to qualify for a fellowship. They may apply during their year of active duty for the fellowship year following.
  4. Newly hired faculty must teach for two full-time consecutive years in order to take up a fellowship. That fellowship may occur in their third year of employment or thereafter.
  5. Faculty eligible for any college-funded leave who accept our fellowship offer will be expected to combine that support with institute support during the fellowship year. Other schools and colleges have generally followed LSA’s pattern.
  6. During a given year, faculty may not apply for a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship if they have applied either for a Michigan Humanities Award offered by OVPR and LSA or for a fellowship in the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies.
  7. Faculty who have already held a Humanities Institute Michigan Faculty Fellowship become eligible to re-apply six years after the end of their earlier award.
  8. The fellowship year does not count towards sabbatical equity
  9. Prospective applicants must consult with their chairs or deans about unit policies and expectations regarding leaves and fellowships before applying.
  10. Applicants must notify the head(s) of the unit(s) in which they hold funded appointments of their intention to apply for a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship.

Selection Criteria
The selection committee looks for applicants and projects that will benefit from and contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the group of fellows and the work of the Fellows Seminar. It seeks to achieve variety and balance in the disciplines represented by the fellows.  

Projects are judged based on (A) promise and significance of the proposed research project; (B) the humanities and arts content of the project; (C) the quality, significance, and breadth of the applicant’s prior work.


  1. Faculty fellows must be in residence at the institute for the academic year (September 1 - May 31).
  2. Faculty fellows must attend and participate in the weekly two-hour fellows seminar.
  3. Faculty fellows are required to fulfill a student engagement component. A proposal must be submitted to and approved by the director after acceptance of the fellowship.
  4. Faculty fellows must participate/attend at least two institute-sponsored events per term.

Application Process and Deadline

All applications must be submitted through the LSA E-GIF funding portal. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 10, 2018 at 12 noon. Applications must be approved by your unit administrator so that the Humanities Institute receives the application by December 10, 2018 at 12 noon. Please be sure to notify your unit administrator of your application submission in order to ensure timely approval and receipt by the Humanities Institute deadline.

Note: If you are not an LSA faculty member, please send an email to Steve Beach,, with your name, unique name and unit/department name to be added as an eligible faculty member to use the LSA E-Gif for submitting the Humanities Institute Michigan Faculty Fellowship application.

Use the following steps when applying via LSA E-GIF:

  • Click on “new funding proposal.”
  • In the “proposed title or purpose” field, enter “HI FAC FELLOWSHIP-your name.” (Do not enter anything else here.)
  • In the “proposal overview” field, enter your fellowship project/proposal title.
  • Click "Fellowship."
  • Click on the “continue” button at the bottom of the page to move to next page.
  • On the next page, ensure only the  “Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship” button is clicked (unclick other funding opportunities if they are clicked).
  • Click on the “continue” button at the bottom of the page to move to next page.
  • Upload all required attachments for the application process to continue.
  • Click “SAVE” then submit your application. You will receive an email acknowledging your application has been received.

Required Elements of the Application

  1. Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship Application Cover Sheet
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Project description (no more than 1000 words)
  4. Writing sample (such as articles or chapters of books no more than 6000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography) or scholarly work sample (creative work such as audio/visual aids or portfolio placed on a website with the URL provided as a file)
  5. Acknowledgement of Application Form signed by the head(s) of the unit(s) in which you hold funded appointments.

In addition, two recommendation letters are required (one internal, one external to U-M). Recommenders/referees must send their letters as email attachments directly to

The selection committee will consider only those applications that are complete and that adhere to the specified word and page limits.

March 2019 is the approximate notification date.