As part of the University of Michigan Transfer Bridges to the Humanities@Michigan, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is partnering with faculty and academic units at Henry Ford Community College and Grand Rapids Community College to build bridges and opportunities to broaden access and participation in scholarly work related to the Humanities.
The Mellon Research Scholar Fellowship (MRSF) is a 20 week paid opportunity that allows current Henry Ford Community College and Grand Rapids Community College students interested in the humanities and related social sciences to perform part-time research alongside University of Michigan faculty (10 weeks per semester). The program runs from October 4, 2021 to April 20th of 2022.
The humanities comprise a rich and diverse ecosystem of academic disciplines, each of which focuses on a different facet of the human experience. Fields concerned with the study of language, culture, and society are allowed to flourish indiscriminately; artistic expression is cultivated even as it is analyzed. Equally diverse, humanistic research possesses a strong interdisciplinary element that allows for unique, groundbreaking work to be performed.
Fellowship Dates: October 4, 2021 thru April 20, 2022
Application Opens: Monday, August 16, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, September 20, 2021
Deadline for Letter of Recommendation: Monday, September 20, 2021
Acceptance Notification: Friday, September 24, 2021
Stipend: Research fellows receive a $1,000-2,500 stipend per semester for their participation in the program, dependent on hours worked per week (between 6 and 12). Maximum stipend amount is $5,000 for the academic year.
The program seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and historically underrepresented students, first generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and veterans. Participating in the program will:
- Build a close working student-mentor relationships with UM Faculty and research scholars.
- Connect with representatives from UM Admissions, Financial Aid, and Academic Advising.
- Learn about Transfer Procedures and Strategies.
- Gain access to University of Michigan Campus Resources and Programs.
- Develop students' Professional and Transferable Skills in their field of Study or major.
- Stipend: Research fellows receive a $1,000-2,500 stipend per semester for their participation in the program, dependent on the number of hours worked per week (between 6 and 12). Since there are two semesters, fall and winter, the maximum stipend amount is $5,000.
Applicants must have already graduated from High School (or earned a GED).
Applicants must have completed at least 18 credits (or 2 semesters) at the community college level.
Applicants must be a currently enrolled student attending Henry Ford Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, and/or Schoolcraft College.
Students who have already received a bachelor's degree will not be eligible to apply.
Students who have already been admitted to UM-Ann Arbor or plan on transferring to UM for Winter 2022 are not eligible to apply.
International Students currently in the U.S.: Because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your home institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.
1. Short Video: No more than two minutes in length in which you respond to the prompt: How have you benefited from your interest in the humanities? Feel free to speak generally or focus on a particular lesson, idea, mindset, etc.
You are encouraged to be creative, but be sure that your submission accurately reflects your feelings on the subject. It does not need to be of professional quality; we are looking for consideration and insight into your relationship with the humanities.
Submissions must clearly and exclusively feature the applicant. Submissions in which the applicant is difficult to see or hear will not be accepted.
There is no limit on retakes before submission, but the content should not be read from a script or reproduced in large part from memory.
Submissions may not be edited, except to crop the beginning and/or end for time. Other changes--cuts, on-screen text, adding music, increasing/decreasing feedback, etc.--will result in disqualification.
Submissions must be in MP4 format. Other file types will not be accepted.
Submissions exceeding two minutes will not be accepted, regardless of reasoning.
2. Copy of Unofficial Community College Transcript (upload as a PDF)
3. Current Resume (upload as a PDF)
4. Complete Short Answer Questions
5. Letter of Recommendation from a Community College Faculty Member
2020-2021 UROP Mellon Fellows
My name is Alanna Grace-Marie Schwartz. I’m currently a sociology major at Henry Ford College. My current academic focus is racial and ethnic diversity. I am also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and the Henry Ford II Honors Program. I’m a social justice oriented person. I plan on attending the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, College of LSA next year. After achieving my bachelors degree, I will become a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist/Consultant. The end goal in my career is to achieve a doctorates degree and become a sociology professor. My other interests are art and the vegan lifestyle. I’ve been an artist since I was a child, and art is my way of expressing myself. I currently work on visual sociology art shows like the Kwanzaa Art Show and The Black Panther one currently featured on the HFCC website, under the Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group’s page. (https://www.hfcc.edu/bmqfg) I’m a proud member of my focus group, and they have helped me achieve all the wonderful accomplishments I have listed. This summer, I will be participating in the Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network to provide food justice assistance to the city of Detroit.
Yasmeen Berry is a student of Henry Ford College that will be attending the University of Michigan this upcoming fall to study anthropology and biological science. As a sponsored academic affiliate, she is under the Mellon Scholar Research Fellowship and the Community College Summer Research Fellowship for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Her research interests include a project with the Bentley Historical Library to develop an archival exhibition on twentieth-century women scientists and collaborating as a Creative Consultant with the “Narrating Nubia: The Social Lives of Heritage” research team of the UM Humanities Collaboratory Two Year Project Grant. Future plans include the continuation of a collaboration with the Truttmann Laboratory of the U-M Medical School, through the Molecular and Integrative Physiology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and UROP Research Scholars Program. The ongoing project will investigate the effects of post-translational protein modifications on C. elegans nematode aging and their implications for neurodegenerative diseases. Yasmeen’s future career goal is to become a principal investigator that is at the forefront of neurodegenerative disease treatment in a clinical research hospital.
Gideon Kortenhoven is a recent graduate of Grand Rapids Community College where he studied Spanish and French, completing an AA in French studies. He will be attending the University of Michigan beginning Fall 2021 and will be part of UROPs Changing Gears program. Growing up between the San Francisco Bay Area and West Michigan, Gideon was always surrounded by multilingual and multicultural friends and family. These experiences, along with an opportunity to travel post high school, spurred his interest in using language as a means to bridge cultural gaps and emphasize the diversity of Black experiences. While at GRCC his coursework opened opportunities to research the language use and word creation found in hip-hop music as well as innovative possibilities for the creative use of language. Through UROP, Gideon worked with a research team on a project investigating networks of care that Black families created in the wake of the Civil War. This research also led him to explore his own family genealogy and help his family put together a fragmented history. His research interests include culture and history of the Black diaspora, linguistics and language change and growth. One of Gideon’s ultimate goals for the future is to create opportunities for children to learn African languages in US schools as heritage languages. This is not only to encourage second language learning at a young age but also to connect African American children to larger stories and histories in order to help bridge the gap between African and African American cultures. Outside of academics, Gideon enjoys making music, a hobby that has offered opportunities to perform in Grand Rapids and Chicago at art festivals and work with middle school student writers.
If you have any questions about the Mellon Research Scholar Fellowship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org