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University of Michigan LSA Collegiate Fellows

Application Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021

Application deadline for candidates for the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Economics, Biophysics, Mathematics, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB), Statistics and Physics only: Monday, November 1, 2021

The College of Literature Science and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan seeks outstanding scholars in all liberal arts fields whose teaching/mentoring, and/or research, and/or service and engagement will contribute to our interconnected goals of excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The fellowship provides up to two years of support for early career natural scientists, humanists, and social scientists with dedicated research time, mentorship, research and travel funding, and cohort- and program-based professional development opportunities related to scholarship and teaching, to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments in LSA.

The LSA Collegiate Fellows program was launched in 2016 as a major college initiative aimed at promoting an intellectually rich and inclusive scholarly environment, recruiting and retaining exceptional early career faculty scholars, and supporting these outstanding scholars who are committed to working with college colleagues to build a diverse, equitable scholarly and learning community. The program is administered by U-M’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) in conjunction with LSA academic departments.

The College seeks early career scholars whose research, and/or teaching, and/or service 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 teaching/mentoring or research 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.


Applications are welcome from natural science, humanities, or social science fields represented in LSA academic departments.

For applicants in the natural sciences, doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2017 and July 1, 2022; For applicants in the social sciences or humanities, doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2019 and July 1, 2022 (August 31, 2022 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.

Application Materials:

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. Examples include published or unpublished research paper, journal article, dissertation chapter. References, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit).
  7. Three letters of reference (Letter writers must submit letters of reference by October 7, 2021)

Additional program, eligibility, and application information can be found at Inquiries may be directed to