IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars


The Community of Scholars (COS) is a four-month summer fellowship program. It is intended to support U-M graduate students who are engaged in scholarly research or other creative projects focusing on women, gender or sexuality.
All awardees participate in a weekly seminar during May and June. Research may be conducted outside of Ann Arbor during July and August. Awardees will also present their work at a public symposium during the Fall semester following their award.

Deadline: December 4, 2019 (by 11:59 pm)

Award(s): Notifications for graduate funding awards will be sent by Friday, Feb. 7th.

COS fellowships will provide a stipend May-August.  Health insurance coverage will also be provided, if students are not otherwise covered.

New this year: Due to reduced funding, IRWG is implementing a cost-share arrangement with students' home departments. Departments will have to agree to contribute $2,000 per doctoral student for summer participation in the Community of Scholars program. 

IRWG is committed to creating environments in which a community of scholars come together for cross-disciplinary exchange.  To that end, all awardees are required to participate in a weekly seminar during May and June.  Research may be conducted outside of Ann Arbor during July and August.  Awardees will be required to confirm their availability for the weekly seminar meetings prior to acceptance of the fellowship.  Awardees will also be required to present their work at a public symposium during the Fall semester, even if they are not in residence at the time.

Awardees may not accept any other major fellowships nor accept employment beyond 10 hours per week during the period of the award.


  • Students enrolled in any Rackham graduate program on the U-M Ann Arbor campus may apply.
  • PhD students should have advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the fellowship (May 2020). 
  • Students who have received this award in the past are not eligible.
  • Selected applicants will not be able to participate without the cost-sharing contribution from their department.
  • Students applying for a Community of Scholars fellowship may also apply for the Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant for Research on Women and Work.

Criteria for Awards:

  • Centrality of focus on women and/or gender
  • Anticipated contribution of the project to scholarship or creative work on women and/or gender
  • Inclusion of appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, nationality, or other differences among women or men
  • Quality of the scholarship or creative activity
  • Clarity of the project description
  • Use of an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship or creative activity
  • Good standing in the applicant’s academic program
  • Contribution of the project to the applicant’s professional development
  • Balance and breadth of disciplines represented by recipients

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Online Application through InfoReady (link opens in a new tab) and submit it along with additional documents:
    • Project Title
    • Abstract (100 word summary)
    • Statement of how your project fits into your graduate career and professional development (250 words)
    • Project Description (800 words)
      • The description should include the goals, methods, and significance of your project in terms that are understandable by scholars from many disciplines.
      • This will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor addressing your overall educational and career plans.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of graduate work from the University of Michigan
  • Affirmation that department chair or director of graduate studies has agreed to contribute the cost share if you are selected. 
    • Click here to view a copy of the email text sent to department chairs this past summer explaining the need to ask for a cost share should your application be selected.
    • You may need to use this document to remind your chair or DGS about the situation or to explain it for the first time if you are applying from a department that has not sent students to the COS program recently or at all.

Additional Information:​

  • U-M transcripts may be official or unofficial, and should be uploaded directly to the online application in InfoReady.
  • Letter of support must be uploaded directly from the letter-writer through IRWG's InfoReady portal.

Human Subjects Review: Compliance with all appropriate regulations governing conduct of research will be required. Research proposals involving the use of human subjects will be subject to project review and approval by the appropriate IRB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain IRB approval.


View our frequently asked questions (FAQ), or contact the IRWG main office at 734.764.9537 or

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