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How to Apply

The application deadline is Monday, March 5, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.

For Candidates:

  • Cover letter explaining the research’s relevance to “Humanities and Environments” and describing the applicant’s career plans
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Writing sample – not to exceed 40, double-spaced pages
  • Public Humanities UROP Research proposal – not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages. The proposal should fit under the rubric of “Humanities and Environments” and can be closely related to the applicant’s own research. The project must involve a research team of 3-4 undergraduate students.
  • Above items submitted as one PDF document to (applications failing to meet this criteria will be returned), please include your name in the subject line.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation (see below)

For Recommenders:

Confidential letter of recommendation submitted electronically to by Monday, March 5, 2018.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities announces a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of “Humanities and Environments,” the Institute’s theme for 2018-19. Qualified applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a humanities field from the University of Michigan between June 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018, and their research must be related to the 2018-19 theme.  The appointment includes $1,000 in research/conference funding.


Fellowship Requirements:

  • One year Postdoctoral Fellowship, September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019, non-renewable.
  • Be in residence at the Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor campus.
  • Attend and actively participate in the weekly Fellows Seminar at the Institute for the Humanities.
  • Present one FellowSpeak talk; attend all FellowSpeak talks.
  • Attend Institute academic programming related to the “Humanities and Environments” theme.
  • Lead a UROP team of 3-4 undergraduate students on a research project related to the candidate’s scholarly work and to the Institute’s theme of “Humanities and Environments.”
  • At candidate’s discretion, teach a one-credit mini-course in one or both academic semesters related to Humanities and Environments.

Required Qualifications*

Applicant Criteria:

  • Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in a humanities or humanistic social science field.
  • Ph.D. conferred between June 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018; with all requirements for the Ph.D. completed by August 31, 2018.
  • Ph.D. research must be related to the Institute’s 2018-19 theme, “Humanities and Environments.”
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Selection Process

  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of the application once the complete application package has been received (including recommendation letters).
  • Please ensure your current mailing address is listed at the top of your CV.  Award/offer notification will be via surface mail to the address on the CV and via email to the address from which the application is received.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing by May 31, 2018.
  • All application materials and the selection committee’s evaluation are confidential.  The Institute regrets it is unable to provide feedback on individual applications.
  • The Institute is unable to return application materials to applicants after completion of the selection process.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.