Taubman College

Fellowships

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.


Michigan-Mellon Humanities Fellows in Egalitarianism and the Metropolis

University of Michigan announces the University of Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, a 4-year academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Mexico City DF and Rio de Janeiro made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The project allows the particularity of design practices to inform and be informed by broader questions of social justice, social movements and transformative creative arts movements — both historically and contemporaneously. The emphasis on cities and their specificity will focus humanists on linking abstract theories of human interaction with the physical attributes of a city and its histories. The increased expertise in urbanism allows for the humanities to better understand the material, geographical, and infrastructural constraints that inform design decisions, while designers benefit from direct engagement with humanities scholarship which can more amply critique the structural inequalities driven by, for example, racial or class disparities (arising out of ideological biases) that have been impediments to urban development. The Project, launching in Fall 2014, will include academic courses, research fellowships, colloquia and public symposia, exhibitions and publications.

Applications open for 1-Year Post-Graduate Fellowship
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014

2014-2015 Fellowships
Humanities Fellows will be expected to pursue independent research projects at the intersection of humanities, architecture and urbanism, with particular emphasis on the role of egalitarianism in shaping metropolitan regions. Fellows' research work should also address aspects of one or more of the cities-metros under consideration — Detroit, Mexico City DF and/or Rio de Janeiro. Through faculty mentorship, colloquia and symposia, Fellows will join an intellectual community in which work in progress is shared and interrogated by a community of designers and scholars. Humanities Fellows will also teach three seminar/discussion sections per year - these sections may be affiliated with a lecture course on the Program themes and/or large seminar courses focused on aspects of postindustrial and megacity issues.

Each Fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor and work space at the University of Michigan. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a report on their activities and to present their research in an academic / public forum.

Qualifications:
The University of Michigan invites applications from diverse backgrounds in the humanities ( including but not limited to area studies, classics, history, philosophy, visual arts, media and cultural studies, urban studies, literature and romance studies). Applicants should possess a capacious appetite for intersections between their field of study, architecture and urbanism. Applicants should possess an interest in teaching and a demonstrated interest in cultural and disciplinary diversity. Fellows are expected to be in the early stages of their academic or professional careers. Candidates must be within 4 calendar years from receipt of their highest degree. This appointment is not tenure-track.

Appointment Dates:
(2) Two Humanities Fellows are appointed for one calendar year, extendable to a maximum of 2 years. Each Fellow should designate interest in a 1-year or 2-year fellowship term. The appointment is from August 15, 2014 to August 15, 2015.

Compensation/ Benefits:
Humanities Fellows will receive $45,000 in compensation that includes fringe and health benefits. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health, dental and life insurance programs. Each Fellow will receive 1 research stipend of $1,500 per calendar year that may be used for research-related expenses.

Application Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including degrees earned, experience, and honors)
  • Research Project Statement (max 2 pages)
  • Teaching Interest Statement (max 1 page)
  • Writing Sample (may include visual work) (max. 15 pages)
  • Recommendation Letters (2)
  • Application Documents must be submitted via email as a single pdf file.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. Image credit: Masonic Temple. Photograph by Julia Reyes Taubman, published in Detroit: 138 Square Miles.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014

Submit Application Documents to: Angela Lee, Program Administrator U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 734-615-5260.
Questions: Milton S. F. Curry, Project Co-Director, U-M Taubman College Associate Dean
Derek B. Collins, Project Co-Director, U-M LS&A Associate Dean for the Humanities


Michigan-Mellon Design Fellows in Egalitarianism and the Metropolis

The deadline for applications for 1-Year Post-Graduate Fellowship is past.

2014-2015 Fellowships
Design Fellows will be expected to pursue independent research projects at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities, with particular emphasis on the role of egalitarianism in shaping metropolitan regions. Fellows' research work should also address aspects of one or more of the cities-metros under consideration — Detroit, Mexico City DF and/or Rio de Janeiro. Through faculty mentorship, colloquia and symposia, Fellows will join an intellectual community in which work in progress is shared and interrogated by a community of designers and scholars. Design Fellows will also teach two design studios per term in the Michigan Architecture Prep Program (based in Detroit, Michigan at the Michigan Research Studio, Detroit), a semester-long enrichment program that introduces high school juniors to the discipline of architecture.

Each Fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor and work space at the Michigan Research Studio, a 3,700sf space in midtown Detroit. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a report on their activities and to present their research in an academic / public forum.


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.