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Interested applicants should submit one PDF (500kb max) that contains a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, a current curriculum vitae, a link to a portfolio of design or scholarly work (not to exceed 20 pages), and the name, title, institution, phone number, and email address of three professional references.

The fellowship includes both teaching and research components. This posting is for the research component. Please also submit your materials to the teaching posting, Job ID 200129. If you have questions about how to apply, please contact Qiana London, HR Officer, at

Review of applicants will begin on July 19, 2021 and continue until the fellowships are filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning seeks applications for two fellowships focusing on racial and spatial justice - one in architecture and urban design focusing on the built environment and one in urban planning and/or architecture with a designated role as a co-investigator on our Egalitarian Metropolis research project. Both are two-year fellowships.

The fellowships at Taubman College are among the oldest and most recognized positions of their kind. While at Taubman, fellows develop their work and teaching within an intellectually diverse and dynamic academic context composed of dedicated faculty and talented students from around the world.  Each of the fellowships includes teaching related to the candidate’s area of interest, resources for the development of work, possibilities to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context, and the opportunity to share the outcome of the fellowship with the college. Fellows spend two years in residence, typically teaching three classes in their first year and four in their second, in addition to pursuing their fellowship interests.

Racial and Spatial Justice in Design

The architecture program at Taubman College is committed to the idea that architectural education in the 21st century can build upon a plurality of foundations —diverse epistemologies, experiences, histories, methodologies, and technical and conceptual capacities. In doing so, we understand that architecture is a cultural product that always negotiates a complex multitude of voices and ideas, and a myriad of social, political, and aesthetic concerns. Extending this commitment, we seek applications from designers, practitioners, spatial activists, and researchers focusing on concerns at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and the built environment. Candidates whose work involves community engagement and co-design, those from non-traditional pathways into the study of the built environment, those hailing from or committed to servicing lesser resourced contexts, and those seeking to forward innovative teaching and research practices that encourage inclusion are all encouraged to apply.

Racial and Spatial Justice in the Egalitarian Metropolis

The Michigan-Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis is a multi-year research and teaching program supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project explores contemporary issues on urbanism and egalitarianism in Detroit, and is an interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and students at Taubman College and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. As a co-investigator, the Fishman Fellow will be an emerging scholar with a doctoral degree who will conduct research alongside principal investigators Dr. Robert Fishman and Dr. Angela Dillard, and assist them in creating and producing Egalitarian Metropolis colloquia, closing symposium/exhibition as a co-convener. Additionally, you will act as co-editor to help publish Egalitarian Metropolis-related research outputs such as journal articles, a university-press book on Michigan Architecture Prep or another book based on the Egalitarian Metropolis conference.

Additional Information

Who We Are

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan promotes the public good by engaging a diverse constituency in purpose-driven learning and research that focuses on the built environment. Named among the best architecture and planning schools in the country, the college prepares graduates to lead the professions, organizations, and institutions that shape our world at every scale. Learn more about Taubman College

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College values a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that includes people of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We aim to create a community of mutual respect and trust where everyone's backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about our DEI efforts

Application Deadline

The application deadline is August 2, 2021. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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