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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.

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.

Stories from the Program

Creating Home, for and with Each Other

Rackham Ph.D. candidate Irene Routté’s public scholarship focuses on how refugee-run organizations and youth councils foster a sense of home for Congolese newcomers to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Adapting Crops for People and the Planet

Rackham Ph.D. candidate Etienne Herrick-Sutton works with Great Lakes region farmers to identify strategies for improving the environmental and economic outcomes of cover cropping.

Lessons in Cooperation

Rackham Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Wai studies relationships between refugee communities and farmers in Uganda.

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.


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
Email: [email protected]


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.