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Prospective Applicant FAQ

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, or ethnicity.

What academic disciplines are allowable for applicants?

Please click here to find a list of LSA departments and units.

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?

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. Applicants who will have completed the doctoral degree no later than July 1, 2017, and no earlier than January 1, 2014, are eligible to apply. Applicants in the fields of economics and political science must complete their doctoral degree by July 1, 2018.

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

Applicants in the fields of economics and political science must complete their doctoral degree by July 1, 2018.

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?

A complete submission will consist of:

  1. Three letters of reference (Letter writers must submit letters of reference by November 15, 2016.)
  2. Statement of proposed research plan during fellowship (2–3 Pages; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit.)
  3. Dissertation abstract (1 page)
  4. Personal statement that details your demonstrated commitment to diversity and why you should be selected for this fellowship (1–3 Pages)
  5. Writing sample (1–2 samples, 35 page max, e.g., sample publication or unpublished research paper, journal article; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit.)
  6. Curriculum vitae

Are there sample applications available for review?

No. There are many variations on successful applications. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors about how to submit a competitive application.

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 until official graduate transcripts are received.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting the online application is November 7, 2016. The deadline for reference letters is November 15, 2016.

When will the final decisions be announced?

Finalist 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 2017.

Who will review my application?

Applications will be reviewed by the LSA academic department and a college level 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 in research and/or service.