IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars


The Community of Scholars (COS) is a four-month summer fellowship program. It is intended to support graduate students enrolled in any Rackham graduate program on the U-M Ann Arbor campus 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. View our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

Deadline: January 10, 2022 (by 11:59 pm)

Award(s): Notifications for graduate funding awards will be sent by early March.

COS provides a four-month fellowship consisting of a monthly stipend of $2,000 from May through August. You will also receive graduate student health insurance coverage for those same months, if needed. Rackham has a policy of capping graduate student summer funding at $8,000 total including all award sources, so if you are already receiving summer support from Rackham, your Community of Scholars award may be reduced.

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). 
  • Students who have received this award in the past are not eligible.
  • 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
  • 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 TO APPLICATION 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
  • 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.

Questions? View our frequently asked questions (FAQ), or email