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Public Scholarship Grants

Public Scholarship Grants are designed to support 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. Read more about current and previous grant recipients.

Program Overview

Rackham students may apply for up to $8,000 to develop and implement public-facing projects designed in collaboration with community partners. Partners might include civic organizations, cultural institutions, government agencies, K-12 schools, or grassroots community groups. Grant projects need to be collaboratively-designed and result in deliverables that contribute new knowledge, enrich civic life, and/or address pressing social issues. Grants may be awarded to individual students working with a community partner organization or those working as part of multidisciplinary teams.

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.

How to Apply

Public Scholarship Grants are awarded annually. The call for applications for Public Scholarship Grants is posted each September with awards announced in early spring. The application process includes two rounds. In the first, interested Rackham students submit a letter of intent describing their proposed project. Strong applicants will be invited to complete the application, which includes attendance at a proposal workshop.

Students are only eligible to receive a public scholarship grant once.

Only students enrolled in a Rackham program of study are eligible.

Application Timeline
Event Date
Letter of intent due by 11:59 p.m. as an attachment to October 14, 2020
Mandatory grant workshop (online) for invited proposals and community partners. November 12, 2020, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Submit full proposal using online form. January 22, 2021
Award notifications sent. March 2021

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.