About the Michigan Faculty Fellows Program

The two-year, in-residence Michigan Faculty Fellows Program (a form of a Visiting Assistant Professor Program) is for highly promising scholars with an outstanding academic record who wish to develop their scholarship and teaching skills in preparation for the academic job market.

The Michigan Faculty Fellows program is focused exclusively on the professional development of each Fellow, and consists of mentoring in three areas:

  1. Scholarship. Faculty Fellows produce at least one significant piece of original scholarship under the guidance of two Michigan faculty mentors.
  2. Teaching. Faculty Fellows teach a seminar on their research during the first year. In the second year, Fellows shadow an experienced faculty member for portions of a core course of their choice, and then teach that course with feedback from faculty and UM's Center for Research and Learning on Teaching.
  3. Intellectual Life. Faculty Fellows participate fully in the intellectual life of the Law School, attending workshops, presenting their work in a faculty forum, submitting scholarship to the Law School’s annual "Junior Scholars' Conference," and participating in a specially designed Legal Scholarship Seminar.

The primary focus of the program is the production of scholarship to enter the job market in the fall of the second fellowship year. The additional components are aimed exclusively at fostering the candidate's professional development in keeping with the Law School’s commitment to all three elements of being a law professor. They are not intended to fill any Law School teaching or service need and can be adapted after appropriate consultation to suit each Fellow’s individual situation.


Fellows receive an annual stipend and benefits, an annual research allowance, a one-time relocation allowance, and a separate travel allowance for the AALS job market. The fellowship is open to anyone holding a U.S. law degree (or, in highly exceptional circumstances, the international equivalent).

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • An outline of your proposed research (up to 1,000 words)
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Up to two publications or writing samples (preferably solo-authored), and
  • Your proposed seminar and preferred course(s)

The Law School will consider applications on a rolling basis. Please submit your application materials (and ask your references to submit their letters of recommendation directly) between September 1 and October 31, 2023 to Jenny Rickard.

Contact Jenny Rickard

The Law School will invite finalists to Ann Arbor for a campus visit, and will announce decisions by March 1 for positions beginning in the fall.