Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS)
Currently, we are planning to offer the program as an in-person experience. Decisions to move the program to a virtual format offering will be made following public health guidance from the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. Rackham staff will provide timely updates on any and all changes to the program.
The University of Michigan invites outstanding individuals to apply for the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS). This program is designed to encourage rising seniors, recent B.A.s and terminal master’s students from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider pursuing a doctoral degree in the humanities at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to attract diverse scholars with unique experiences who foster innovation and push the humanities to meet today’s challenges. For 2021, students interested in the fields of Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, English, History, Linguistics, Sociology (qualitative), and Women’s and Gender Studies (any humanities field) are eligible.
This summer research experience, running from Sunday, June 6, to Friday, June 18, 2021, will help students learn about the various fields within their chosen discipline along with the latest methodologies and developments from faculty in individual departments. Students will have the opportunity to work on a piece of their own scholarship or develop a research project in consultation with U-M faculty and graduate students in their field. Attention will also be given to articulating the importance of diversity to the development of the humanities. Students will receive practical instruction on applying to graduate school and pursuing careers inside and outside academia.
Benefits – All Expenses Paid
- $1,000 stipend
- University Housing
- Round trip travel cost (up to $550)
- Application fee waiver to apply to a Rackham Graduate School program
We are not able to accept students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Students currently enrolled at University of Michigan-Flint and University of Michigan-Dearborn are encouraged to apply.
- We seek rising seniors, bachelor’s degree holders, and those currently in terminal M.A. programs, who are United States citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with DACA. Please note, those who are currently applying to enroll in a doctoral program for Fall 2021 are ineligible to participate in MICHHERS.
- Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
- Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the United States.
- Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
- Be a first-generation U.S. citizen or will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.
For 2021, students interested in the fields of Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, English, History, Linguistics, Sociology (qualitative) and Women’s and Gender Studies (any field in the humanities) are eligible.
Your application must include:
- Unofficial transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable) through December 2020. If you completed a degree at a community college, that transcript should also be included.
- A personal statement (up to 500 words) on your graduate school, academic, and career goals; how your background has influenced those goals; how participating in MICHHERS will help you achieve those goals; and why you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
- An academic statement (up to 600 words) describing the specific field(s) of your research interest(s); why you are interested in that field of research; relevant course work you are taking this year; and any relevant research experience(s) you have had in an academic or work setting.
- An academic writing sample (between 7 to 15 pages double-spaced). This paper should be a piece of original scholarship but does not necessarily need to have been written for a course.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation.
All application materials should be submitted through the Rackham website. Paper copies will not be accepted.
For questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications and supporting documentation must be received online by Monday, February 22, 2021 11:59PM Eastern time.
Final decisions will be made by the middle of March.
For 2021, students interested in the fields of Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, English, History, Linguistics, Sociology (qualitative), and Women’s Studies (any humanities field) are eligible.