Rackham Program in Public Scholarship
The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship supports collaborative scholarly and creative endeavors that engage communities and co-create public goods. We believe that the work of scholars and artists can enrich civic and community life. Pursuing such work, in dialogue with the public, enriches university research, teaching, and creative expression. We support students’ academic and professional development through programs designed to cultivate the next generation of public scholars.
Rackham’s Public Scholarship Programs
Rackham’s Public Scholarship programs support students in developing the professional experience necessary to impact the public good through their scholarship and careers. Four core programs are offered annually.
The Institute for Social Change
Through workshops, discussions, and learning with presenters and peers, the Institute for Social Change introduces students to the practice of publicly engaged scholarship. The program provides space and mentorship for students to develop their own approaches and project ideas.
Rackham Doctoral Intern Fellowship Program
Rackham offers both summer and academic term doctoral internships during which students receive career training in multiple fields. Students apply their skills in a range of sectors, from biotechnology and national laboratories to information technology, communications and cultural institutions.
Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop
Each year, Rackham selects and supports four graduate students to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop in Washington, D.C. Students spend two to three days learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.
Community Engaged Course Design Workshop
The Community Engaged Course Design Workshop (previously named the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative) is an intensive, semester-long professional development workshop for graduate students in any field interested in teaching a community engaged learning course.
Public Scholarship Grants
Public Scholarship Grants provide funding for projects co-created by students and a community partner that meet shared, mutually beneficial goals at the intersection of a community’s needs and a student’s scholarship.
Call for Applications: Winter 2023 Mellon-Rackham Public Engagement and the Humanities Program
Rackham is accepting applications from doctoral students in the humanities to support learning and feedback around their publicly engaged humanities projects. The Mellon Public Engagement and the Humanities Program will bring together a cohort of humanities graduate students to connect, learn, and advance a project in the realm of publicly engaged humanities scholarship.
Stories from the Program
Rackham’s Public Scholarship programs:
- Nurture students’ interest and commitment to produce scholarship that serves the public good and community identified needs.
- Creates spaces for interdisciplinary learning where students can gain professional experience and develop ideas for community engaged scholarly work.
- Provide professional development opportunities for students to cultivate and use their graduate training in diverse career contexts.
- Strive to foster ethical, mutually beneficial relationships for students and their partners to achieve shared goals.
Contact the Program in Public Scholarship
1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
The Program in Public Scholarship is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.