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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.


Information for 2018 awards will be announced in Summer 2017. Please check back for more details.


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

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 program on the U-M Ann Arbor campus at any stage in their graduate careers may apply.  Although most awards will be made to students at the doctoral level, students in master’s degree programs who are planning research or creative careers may also apply.  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 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 IRWG Graduate Funding Online Application (available Fall 2017) and submit it along with additional documents:
    • Statement of how your project fits into your graduate career and professional development
    • Project Title
    • Abstract (100 word summary)
    • 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.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors addressing your overall educational and career plans.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript(s) of graduate work

Additional Information:

  • You may apply for all graduate student funding opportunities with a single application.
  • The application form and accompanying documents (CV, letters of support, and transcripts) only need to be submitted once. 
  • Please note that you cannot make changes to the application form after you've clicked "Submit."
  • Letters of support may be sent directly from the letter-writer to IRWG through campus mail or email (irwg.grad.funding@umich.edu), or can be submitted by the applicant in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by the letter-writer.
  • U-M transcripts may be official or unofficial, and should be scanned and uploaded directly to the Application Form below. Transcripts from other institutions must be official, and can be mailed directly from the issuing university/college to IRWG through U.S. mail or delivered in person by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • Submit hard copies of letters of support, and non U-M transcripts to: Graduate Student Funding Programs, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, 1136 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

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.

Contact Person(s):

IRWG main office: 734.764.9537 or irwg.grad.funding@umich.edu