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Program Dates: June 4, 2022 - August 5, 2022
Application Opens: October 1, 2021
Priority Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2021 (5pm)
Application Deadline: Monday, January 17, 2022 (5pm)
Deadline for Letters of Recommendation: Monday, January 17, 2022 (5pm)
Acceptance Notification: will begin around Monday, February 7, 2022
Mandatory Orientation: April 2022
Stipend: Students receive $2,500-3,500 stipend award, depending on financial need, and are provided housing at Wayne State University. Program related transportation costs are also covered by the DCERP
*These application dates and deadlines are subject to adjustment
Be part of the DCERP* social justice focused summer fellowship program run through the U-M’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Learn while helping community organizations with research projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more! Our program brings together aspiring change agents who will learn about the city, non-profits, community engagement and each other!
Application information, processes and submission form are available in the "DCERP Application" tab.
- October 27 at noon
- November 3 at noon
- November 10 at noon
- November 17 at noon
- December 1 at noon
- December 8 at noon
The DCERP allows you the opportunity to:
- Work full-time for nine weeks (315 hours) with a Detroit community organization.
- Complete research-based projects identified and designed by community partners
- Live with the program cohort at Wayne State University
- Attend weekly events about the history and current landscape of Detroit
- Blog about your experiences living and working in Detroit
- Build community through engagement in weekly group meetings
- Gain critical background knowledge on the history and impact of social justice in Detroit
Students receive $2,500-3,500 stipend award, depending on financial need, and are provided housing at Wayne State University. Program related transportation costs are also covered by the DCERP.
The Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program is eligible to current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan who will not be graduating until the end of the fall 2022 semester.
University of Michigan UROP summer research participants will NOT be allowed to enroll in Spring-Summer classes at the University of Michigan unless the summer fellow is pre-approved by the Director of UROP. Summer research fellows receive paid stipends and if a summer research fellow is enrolled in spring-summer classes and receiving financial aid, the stipend could have a negative impact on the research fellows’ financial aid for spring and/or summer terms.
Important: before you start to fill in the online DCERP application form, it is strongly recommended that you review all of the essay questions, and to have 3 required documents ready that you'll need to upload. You should also gather the name and contact information of 1 reference for the form. You'll need to provide:
2) Personal statement (of at least 500 words) in which you address your experience and / or interest in Detroit, your experience and/or interest in the non-profit / public sector, the community / social justice issues you are passionate about, and how you hope that being in the DCERP will contribute to your future goals
3) Official transcript
4) Reference: You will also need to provide the name and contact information for one reference who can share information about you, for example:
- A faculty member/academic adviser
- A current or former supervisor
Priority Deadline: December 3, 2021 (5pm)
Regular Deadline: January 17, 2022 (5pm)
*Now in its 10th year, our summer fellowship recently changed its name to Detroit Community Engaged Research Program (DCERP) to be consistent with the University of Michigan’s Engaged Michigan initiative, articulating our commitment that faculty, staff, students, and community members all play a critical role in addressing challenges and making our world better.