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Public Scholarship Grants

Rackham Public Scholarship Grants provide support for publicly engaged scholarly projects created between Rackham students and community partners. Examples of public scholarship include, but are not limited to, exhibits, policy research with a direct impact, podcasts and public programs, K-12 partnerships, and community-engaged research with clear benefits to partners and students.

Rackham Public Scholarship Grants support students’ professional and academic development by helping them:

  • Apply their scholarly knowledge and skills to serve the public good.
  • Initiate and develop trusting, mutually beneficial collaborations with their community partners.
  • Experience the rewards of scholarship, pedagogy, and/or creative work that affects positive social change and justice.

Overview and General Requirements

  • Rackham students may apply for up to $8,000 to lead and implement a public scholarship project over the course of a one year grant period.
  • Projects need to be co-created with a community partner. Partners might include, but are not limited to, civic organizations, cultural institutions, government agencies, K-12 schools, or grassroots community groups.
  • Project collaborations need to be mutually beneficial, meaning they are designed to meet student goals and the needs of a community partner.
  • Projects should result in deliverables and an impact that contributes to the greater public good and/or a community identified need, not only a scholarly field.
  • Students may apply individually or as part of a team of students.

Program Goals

The Public Scholarship Grants aim to support students’ intellectual and professional development by helping them:

  • Apply their scholarly knowledge and skills to serve the public good and work toward positive social change.
  • Initiate and develop trusting, mutually beneficial collaborations with their community partners.
  • Experience the rewards of scholarship, pedagogy, and/or creative work that affects social change and justice.
  • Students are only eligible to receive a public scholarship grant once.
  • Only students enrolled in a Rackham program of study are eligible.

How to Apply

The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Submit a Letter of Intent for review.
  2. If your Letter of Intent is accepted, attend the grant workshop.
  3. Submit a full application.
Application Timeline
Event Deadline
Letter of intent due by 11:59 p.m. via this form. October 20, 2021
Mandatory grant workshop (online) for invited proposals and community partners. November 16, 2021, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Submit full proposal using application portal. January 12, 2022
Award notifications sent. March 2022

Contact the Program in Public Scholarship

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Email: rackpublicscholarship@umich.edu

Hours

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.