About the Michigan Faculty Fellows Program

The two-year, in-residence Michigan Faculty Fellows 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 dedicated to fostering the professional development of each Fellow with respect to each of the three main elements of being a law professor:

  1. Scholarship. The primary focus of the program is the production of scholarship to enter the job market in the fall of the second fellowship year. Faculty Fellows produce at least one significant piece of original scholarship under the guidance of two Michigan faculty mentors.
  2. Teaching. During the first year, Faculty Fellows will have the opportunity to teach a seminar related to their research or teaching interests during the first year. In the second year, Fellows will have the opportunity to teach a lecture course related to their area of interest, chosen in consultation with their faculty mentors and the Associate Dean for Academic Programming. These teaching opportunities are not intended to fill any Law School teaching need and can be adapted after appropriate consultation to suit each Fellow’s individual situation.
  3. Intellectual Life. Faculty Fellows participate fully in the intellectual life of the Law School, attending workshops, presenting their work in a faculty forum, and submitting scholarship to the Law School’s annual “Junior Scholars’ Conference.”


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, 2024 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.