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, 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.