Rackham sponsors an ongoing program of interdisciplinary workshops, which is overseen by Associate Dean Catherine Sanok. This program has two goals. First, it is designed to encourage exchange and collaboration among graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and staff who share intellectual interests but do not necessarily have an easily available forum in common because they have different academic affiliations. Second, it is designed to help advanced doctoral students form working groups that support the development of research projects and dissertation writing.
Graduate students interested in forming such groups may apply for funding to support workshop activities and to compensate coordinators. A maximum amount of $5,000 may be requested if the application is submitted by July 21, 2023, 11:59 PM (EDT) and is for the upcoming academic year. A maximum of $2,500 may be requested if the application is submitted by January 4, 2024, 11:59 PM (EST) and is for the current academic year. Workshops will receive funds at the end of the year after successful submission of the year-end report. Funding is for one year only, but continuing workshops may apply for renewal. Funding not used by the end of the academic year cannot roll over to the next academic year. Notice will be posted here if funds are exhausted and proposals are no longer being accepted.