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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.

Engaged Pedagogy Initiative

The Engaged Pedagogy Initiative is a semester-long workshop that guides students through the theory and practice of community engaged teaching. During the program, students design a course specific to their field.

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

National Humanities Alliance Highlights Rackham Engaged Humanities Program

The Engaged Pedagogy Initiative was included in the NHA’s public humanities program training report.

Announcing the 2022 Rackham Public Scholarship Grants

The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship supports publicly engaged scholarship through mutually beneficial projects created between Rackham students and community partners.

Announcing the 2021 Rackham Public Scholarship Grants

The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship supports publicly engaged scholarship through mutually beneficial projects created between Rackham students and community partners that co-create public goods based on community-needs and interests.

Time Travel with Typewriters

With support from the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, Rackham alumna Meghan Forbes created a program that uses a retro strategy to encourage children to write: giving them access to typewriters.

Mining the Past

With support from the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, anthropology alumnus Colin Quinn helped start a program that connects a Romanian community with its mining heritage.


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.