Fellowships in Architecture
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan offers three fellowships in the areas of architectural research and instruction. Each of the fellowships includes teaching related to the candidate's area of interest, resources for the development of work, possibilities to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context, and the opportunity to share the outcome of the fellowship with the College. Fellows spend one year in residence and teach three classes in addition to pursuing their fellowship interests. Applications are due by January 7, 2014 with interviews planned for February 2014.
Design / Muschenheim Fellowship
The Muschenheim Fellowship offers design instructors early in their career the opportunity to develop a body of work in the context of teaching. Muschenheim fellows play a significant role in the definition of studio culture while pursuing their own creative endeavors. Proposals for the Muschenheim Fellowship focus upon the development of a specific project individually or with students, outside of teaching or center upon a particular set of pedagogical themes to be engaged in the studio context.
Muschenheim Digital Archive at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
Project / Oberdick Fellowship
The Oberdick Project Fellowship facilitates the development and realization of a significant exploration into some aspect of architectural speculation and production. Fellows are provided with resources for the execution of a project that may take the form of an exhibit, publication, installation, or any other material construction. Projects may range from the exploration of emergent building, fabrication, and environmental technologies to the realization of architectural works and endeavors typically unsupported within conventional models of practice.
Research / Sanders Fellowship
The Sanders Fellowship supports individuals with significant, compelling and timely research dealing with architectural issues. Research could dwell within architectural, urban, landscape, or cultural history or theory; architectural or environmental technology; or design studies. These agendas could emerge from recently-completed doctoral dissertations or other intense and rigorous research format. The fellowship will support both research and the development of research-related curriculum.
Applicants should send a letter explaining their interest in the position, curriculum vitae, portfolio and the names and contact information for three references. Send materials indicating desired position on the envelope to: Chair, Architecture Fellowship Search, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. If you wish materials returned, please enclose postage paid return packaging. The University of Michigan is a nondiscriminatory, affirmative action employer.
Taubman College Metropolitan Detroit Fellows
Academic Year Fellowship 2013-2014
Each year Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Taubman) selects 4-6 recent alumni of its Architecture Program to conduct research on metropolitan Detroit and post-industrial issues affecting the city and its region; and to participate as instructional faculty in a program that offers instruction in architecture and design to high school sophomores and juniors in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Each Fellow has a one-year appointment as Metropolitan Detroit Fellow in Taubman College and a one-year appointment as a Taubman Architecture High School Fellow in the Taubman Architecture High School Dual Enrollment Program. This appointment is not tenure-track. The current annual stipend is $32,000. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health , dental and life insurance programs. Each fellow is expected to teach the equivalent of one academic year, i.e., a total of two terms during the period of the fellowship. Any subsequent appointment of a Fellow to a position at the University of Michigan would be subject to the rules governing new appointments.
Publications / Written Reports
Fellows are asked to cite their affiliation with the Taubman Fellows program in any publications that result from work done during their tenure and to provide Taubman College with copies of such published work. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are asked to submit a written report on their activities and accomplishments during the year.
Postgraduate Fellows share their work in progress. Fellows are expected to participate in colloquia, attend dinners, and to engage in conversation with other members about their intellectual interests. They may be selected to participate in the annual evaluation of new applicants for the Fellowship.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is Friday, August 16, 2013, 3:00PM EDT
Applicants are required to submit the following Dossier items:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Name and location of colleges
- Graduate and professional schools attended, as well as dates of attendance and degrees earned
- Relevant business or professional experience
- Academic honors
- The portfolio should be maximum 15 pages of design studio and other design work;
- The writing sample should be a chapter or article not to exceed 20 pages, including all footnotes, endnotes and images.
This proposal, up to three double-spaced pages, should outline the methods and aims of research beyond your thesis or other work resulting in your last degree. Proposals must have a clearly defined project that addresses urban and/or architectural issues related to metropolitan Detroit. Projects may be speculative or applied, and may also relate to larger issues of post-industrialization, class, politics, and urbanization. Fellows will be required to attend instructional training seminars, preparatory meetings, and monthly research colloquia.
Applicant's Referees are required to submit the following:
- Confidential letters of recommendation submitted to Taubman College by two referees.
- Two letters of recommendation are required from scholars and/or designers who are able to describe from personal knowledge your qualifications for teaching college or high school students and for conducting post-graduate research. These letters must be submitted directly to Taubman College. You will receive an email message from the College when your application is complete and your letters of recommendation have been submitted.
Notification of Applicants
- Applicants will receive a confirming email message once the application is complete.
- Please provide both surface mail and electronic addresses so that we can reach you easily.
- Final review will occur in August 2013, and applicants will be notified via email by August 21.
- All dossier materials and the selection committee's evaluations remain confidential. The committee is not able to provide feedback on individual applications.
Taubman College invites applications from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received a Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, or Masters degree in architecture; and having graduated from the University of Michigan Taubman Architecture Program between June 1, 2010 and September 1, 2013.
The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory/Affirmative Action Employer. Offers of employment are subject to pre-employment review in accordance with University of Michigan and State of Michigan guidelines.
Milton S. F. Curry, Associate Dean
Angela Lee, Program Administrator
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069