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How to Apply

Applicants must submit TWO separate applications: one to the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) site ( by October 18, 2021  and a second directly to the School of Information (UMSI) site. PPFP requirements are listed on their site. In addition to the materials required centrally, PPFP candidates applying to UMSI must submit the following materials electronically through Interfolio: by September 17, 2021.

Materials due from the Candidate:  

  • Cover letter, which should name at least one potential mentor at UMSI
  • Thesis abstract - one page
  • Post-doctoral Research Proposal - 700-1,000 words (not including references)
  • Education and Background Statement - 500-700 words describing your personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Three (3) writing samples

 Materials due from references:

  •  Three letters of reference

Please direct inquiries about this position to the chair of our faculty search committee, Dr. Lionel Robert (

Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) invites applicants for the U-M Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP)  Faculty at UMSI have a successful record of providing a nurturing and productive post-doctoral experience for Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellows. In keeping with the PPFP program, we are interested in future colleagues who engage in research in the broad field of information and whose research addresses the perspectives and/or needs of groups that have been historically underserved by academic research. This includes:

  • Applicants with the potential to bring to their academic research the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education or underserved by academic research generally;
  • Applicants who can articulate how their research has the potential to serve the needs of groups that have been historically underserved by academic research;
  • Applicants who have the potential to make research contributions to understanding the barriers facing members of groups who have been historically underrepresented in these fields in higher education; and
  • Applicants who have research interests focusing on underserved populations and understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities.

The School of Information is particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on characterizing, understanding and/or reducing social or economic inequality.

University of Michigan School of Information views these postdoctoral fellowships as providing an exceptional opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the University by offering the possibility of either a postdoc alone or a combined postdoc and tenure track faculty appointment

In addition to the materials required by the U-M PPFP, applicants to UMSI must submit the following materials to Interfolio by September 17th. Please note that some of these materials duplicate those to be submitted to the U-M application system.

Candidates are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors at UMSI in advance of submitting their applications. A description of the requirements and expectations for mentors can be found here:


About UMSI and UM

The mission of the School of Information is to create and share knowledge to help people use

information -- with technology -- to build a better world. A successful candidate will be committed to, and will directly contribute to our goal of being the best research and teaching institution for the understanding and design of information and its technologies in service of people and society.

The School is home to vibrant research and teaching programs, with over 60 FTE professors, and over 1,400 students. We offer five degrees: a Ph.D., a Master of Science in Information, a Master of Health Informatics, a Bachelor of Science in Information, and an online Master of Applied Data Science.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation's top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1.53 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual general fund budget of more than $2.3 billion and an endowment valued at more than $12.5 billion. For more information about UMSI, please visit:

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in an area such as information, computer science, the humanities, social sciences, or other relevant area
  • Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
  • Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience (as a student or professional)
  • A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and diversity

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.