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LSA Collegiate Fellowship

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan offers its students an outstanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts at a premier research institution, and is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive scholarly environment. LSA launched the LSA Collegiate Fellows Program (LCFP) in 2016 as a major College initiative aimed at supporting, recruiting, and retaining exceptional early career scholars who are committed to building a diverse intellectual community.

This faculty hiring initiative provides either one to two years of postdoctoral fellowship support in preparation for tenure-track appointments or immediate tenure-track appointments in LSA departments. To date, 37 Fellows have joined U-M/LSA over four recruitment cycles, with an overall tenure track transition rate of 97.3% as of September 2022. Ten new fellows will join our community in Fall 2022.

 

We cannot accept application materials beyond the deadline(s), including reference letters. Application and reference letter deadlines are final and no exceptions will be made. Please be sure to communicate with your references and plan for time zone differences. Applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements, are incomplete, and/or are not submitted by the deadline will not be considered.

Deadlines

Applications due: Monday, September 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Application deadline for candidates for the Departments of Chemistry; Economics; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; and Statistics only: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Program Description

The purpose of the LSA Collegiate Fellows Program is to support exceptional scholars in all three divisions of the College — humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences — who are committed to diversity in the academy and to prepare those scholars for tenure-track appointments in LSA at the University of Michigan.

The College seeks early career scholars whose teaching and mentoring, and/or research and scholarship, and/or service and engagement will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated interest in bringing to their work the critical perspectives that come from nontraditional educational backgrounds and pathways, and/or scholarly understanding of the experiences of groups who are historically underrepresented or marginalized in higher education.

Appointment

LSA Collegiate Fellows will receive a starting salary of $60,000* plus benefits, as well as funds for conference and research expenses, for up to two years. During the fellowship, Fellows will devote their time to pursuing their independent research, as well as participate in pedagogical development activities such as the LSA Teaching Academy and classroom teaching/engagement. Based on the level of preparation, in some cases candidates will be hired through this program directly to tenure-track positions which include salary, research support, and benefits appropriate to assistant professors in the relevant department(s).

All Fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and to engage in departmental seminars and related activities. Fellows will also receive career advising from a departmental mentor during their fellowship.

Additionally, LSA’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) provides cohort- and program-based activities designed to support Fellows’ scholarship and professional development, while building a community of scholars that has a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

*Thanks to generous alumni support, the Department of Economics is able to provide a supplement to the standard Collegiate Fellows salary.

Eligibility

For the 2022–2023 application cycle, the program will only consider applications from candidates that wish to make their primary scholarly home in an LSA natural science or social science department.

For applicants in the natural sciences, doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2018 and July 1, 2023; For applicants in the social sciences, doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2020 and July 1, 2023 (August 31, 2023 for applicants in the Department of Economics).

Individuals awarded a PhD from U-M or currently holding a postdoctoral, faculty, or staff position at U-M are not eligible.

Predoctoral fellowships may be available in Economics and Political Science; doctoral degree must be completed by July 1, 2024. If approved, predoctoral fellows will receive a starting salary of $50,000 plus benefits.

In the 2022–2023 year, candidates whose work is represented within the following LSA academic departments or units are invited to apply:

Astronomy
Biophysics
Chemistry
Communication and Media
Complex Systems
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Economics
History
Life Sciences Institute (LSI)
Linguistics
Mathematics
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Organizational Studies
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Statistics
Women’s and Gender Studies

Application

A complete submission will consist of:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Research proposal that outlines your scholarly work and includes your research plan for the fellowship period (2-3 pages; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit).
  3. Diversity statement that includes your demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements (1-3 pages).
  4. Teaching statement that describes your teaching philosophy, which may incorporate experience from formal or informal teaching and mentoring opportunities (1-3 pages).
  5. Dissertation abstract (1 page).
  6. Writing sample (1-2 samples; 35 pages maximum per writing sample. Examples include published or unpublished research paper, journal article, dissertation chapter. References, citations, formulas, appendices, and graphics do not count toward the page limit).
  7. Three letters of reference (you may choose to submit up to four). Applicants are not permitted to submit reference letters on their references’ behalf.

Click here for the general application.

Click here for the Chemistry; Economics; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; or Statistics application.

Deadlines

Applications — excluding Chemistry; Economics; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; and Statistics — for the 2022 LSA Collegiate Fellows Program (LCFP) are due Monday, September 19, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET, with reference letters due Wednesday, September 21, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Applications AND reference letters for candidates for the Departments of Chemistry; Economics; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; and Statistics are due Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept application materials beyond the deadline, including reference letters. Application and reference letter deadlines are final and no exceptions will be made. Please be sure to communicate with your references and plan for time zone differences. Applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements, are incomplete, and/or are not submitted by the deadline will not be considered.

Review and Selection

Using a multi-stage review process, applicants in eligible fields will be reviewed according to their potential for success in an academic career and potential to contribute to higher education through their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarship, and/or teaching, and/or service.

Applications will be reviewed by the NCID, faculty in the relevant academic department(s)/program(s), as well as a college selection committee and academic dean(s).

Questions?

Click here to read our frequently asked questions.

The LSA Collegiate Fellows program is administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan. For any questions related to recruitment, eligibility, technical issues, or program details, please contact: lsacollegiate@umich.edu

National Center for Institutional Diversity
610 East University Avenue, Suite 3338
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-764-6497
734-764-6600 (fax)