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Application Instructions


  • Students must be enrolled during the Winter Term and continuing their studies in the Fall Term to be eligible

Applicants must use the application form to submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter (including applicant’s full name, email address, and graduate program) addressed to the Fellowship supervisor (listed below for each organization). Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages and address your specific interest in the project and organization, including:
    • What are the skills and experience you bring to the project?
    •  What do you hope to gain from the fellowship experience?
    • How will you connect your scholarly interests and skills to the project and the organization?
  • Current résumé (no more than 2 to 3 pages)
  • Professional references: please provide full name and contact information for 3 references along with your resume.

Students may apply for up to 3 opportunities, but should submit a separate, customized application letter for each position.

For suggestions on writing cover letters and resumes, please visit the University Career Center, VersatilePhD, or this resource from our colleagues at Harvard’s Office of Career Services.

Once applications are received, Rackham Program in Public Scholarship staff distribute them to host organizations. Host organizations then select which student(s) to interview and make an offer directly to their top choice.

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.