The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professional schools. We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.
The newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellows join a unique interdisciplinary community composed of their peers as well as the Senior Fellows of the Society, who include many of the University’s leading scholars. Alumni Fellows of the Society have gone on to become distinguished scholars at institutions around the world. The Chair of the Society is Susan Scott Parrish, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of English Language and Literature in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Professor of Program in the Environment in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.