Call for Applications: Summer program for undergraduate/M.A. students from underrepresented backgrounds

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The Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program welcomes applications from undergraduate and M.A. students from underrepresented backgrounds who are considering pursuing a PhD in the Humanities.  MICHHERS is one piece of a much larger set of initiatives that we have developed to promote and increase diversity in the Humanities at the University of Michigan.  This all-expense-paid program is designed to interest and inform students about the research opportunities available for Humanities scholars at U-M. 

The MICHHERS program will run from June 6 to June 18, 2021. 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.

Participants will have the opportunity to work on a project under the guidance of U-M faculty and current graduate students. Additionally, they will participate in department seminars, hear from graduate students about their experience and socialize with members of the program.  A graduate admissions workshop and social gatherings will round out the event.

Our twelve day program will host talented students (juniors, seniors and those currently in terminal MA programs), particularly those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Literatures, Classical Studies, English, History, Linguistics, qualitative Sociology and any humanities field in Women’s Studies.

For more information, and to apply to participate in this program, please go to:

The application deadline is February 8, 2021.  If the program is in person, travel, lodging, and on campus meals of students attending will be fully paid. Participants will also receive a modest stipend of $1,000. They will receive this stipend also when the program is held remotely. In addition, students who subsequently apply to U-M will receive application fee waivers.