Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship applications open


The Center for Academic Innovation is seeking faculty to participate in the 2021 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship Program.

The fellowship program brings together an interdisciplinary group of faculty members interested in building community and learning skills from each other and campus experts to effectively engage the public in the university’s work.

Applications are available on the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship website. The fellowship is open to University of Michigan faculty on the Ann Arbor campus, and the application deadline is Dec. 1.

“The 2020 pilot year of the fellowship brought together an inspiring group of scholars working on a diverse set of impactful public engagement projects. We hope to build on this success with the 2021 cohort and foster a campuswide culture supporting public engagement,” said Elyse Aurbach, public engagement lead for the center.

Applicants can apply to be fellows or mentor fellows. Fellows are faculty members looking to explore public engagement concepts and practices. Those with more extensive public engagement experience — whether partnering with communities on a mutually beneficial project, engaging with the media, or testifying to policymakers — are encouraged to consider a mentor fellow position.

The fellowship has two phases. The first is the five-week intensive Studio Experience of learning, workshops and reflection. The second is the Project Support phase, during which fellows can scope and complete a public engagement project with financial and in-kind support from the center and other campus units.

Fellows who complete the first phase receive $1,500 in discretionary research funds and are eligible for the second phase of the fellowship. Mentor fellows receive $2,000 in discretionary research funds but are not eligible to propose a project in the next phase.

In the second phase of the fellowship, fellows may submit the proposal they developed during the Studio Experience for the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 in project funds and 18 months of in-kind support.

In this phase, fellows work closely with a public engagement host unit on campus to implement their project. They can also receive additional in-kind support from the center, including support in developing materials to share the impact of their public engagement projects.

Faculty interested in learning more about the fellowship or with specific questions can email or attend a virtual coffee hour with members of the public engagement team. Coffee hours are scheduled for:

  • Oct. 15 from 1-2 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 from 10-11 a.m.
  • Nov. 10 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 from 1-2 p.m.
  • Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-noon

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