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LSA Collegiate Fellowship

 

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan (U-M) established the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2016. It is a major initiative aimed to promote a diverse scholarly environment, encourage outstanding individuals to enter academia, and support scholars committed to diversity. In partnership with the LSA, the NCID administers the program. After reviewing the materials here, if you have questions about this program, please email lsacollegiatepostdoc@umich.edu.

Program Description

The University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. LSA offers its students an outstanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts at a premier research institution. We are dedicated to ensuring a diverse, scholarly environment and encouraging outstanding individuals to enter the academic profession. The purpose of the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy and to prepare those scholars for possible tenure track appointments in LSA at U-M.

U-M will appoint postdoctoral fellows for a two-year term. The postdoctoral fellows will receive a starting salary of $60,000 plus benefits, and $7,000 for conference travel and research expenses. The predoctoral fellows will receive a starting salary of $50,000 plus benefits, and $7,000 for conference travel and research expenses. During the two-year term of appointment, the fellow will teach one course a year in the host department. All fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and participate in departmental seminars and related activities. The remainder of the fellows' time will be devoted to pursuing research. Each fellow will receive career advising from a mentor during their fellowship.

The College seeks extraordinarily promising scholars whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated interest in bringing to their research and undergraduate teaching the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background and/or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Fields

Applications for study in any field represented in LSA are welcome. Applicants with interdisciplinary research interests may have joint appointments. Predoctorates are available in the fields of Economics and Political Science.

Eligibility

Review committees will evaluate applicants in all eligible 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 scholarship and service. 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. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from U-M or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position at U-M are not eligible. Candidates from any discipline within LSA’s academic units are eligible to apply.

Application

The application is currently closed. It will open in July 2017 and will close in early November 2017.

A complete submission will consist of:

  1. Three letters of reference
  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

Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed

Review and Selection

Applications will be reviewed by the appropriate department(s)/program(s), dean(s) and the College selection committee. Semi-finalists will be announced in mid/late-January, and finalists will be invited to campus for interviews in late January or February. Awardees will be notified in early March.

Contact Information

The LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowships is administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. For any questions please contact:

National Center for Institutional Diversity
610 E. University Ave., Ste. 3338
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259
lsacollegiatepostdoc@umich.edu
734-764-6497
734-764-6600 (fax)

Prospective Applicant FAQ

Eligibility

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.

Finding a Mentor

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.

Application

What materials are needed to submit an application?
A complete submission will consist of:

  • Three letters of reference.
  • Statement of proposed research plan during fellowship (2–3 Pages; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit.)
  • Dissertation abstract (1 page)
  • Personal statement that details your demonstrated commitment to diversity and why you should be selected for this fellowship (1–3 Pages)
  • 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.)
  • 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.

When will the application open?
The application opens in July and closes in November.

When will the final decisions be announced?
Finalist will be invited to the University of Michigan campus in late January or February following the application closing in November. When invited, expectations for that visit will be communicated. Offers will be made by March.

Review and Selection

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.