The Taubman College Fellowship Program, inaugurated in 1984 by Former Dean Robert Metcalf and Former Architecture Chair Kent Hubbell, was the first of its kind in an architecture school. Since then, other institutions have followed suit and sponsored similar programs of various degrees and scales. However, Taubman College Fellowships remain among the most recognized and sought-after positions of their kind.
Taubman College Fellows are among the most innovative practitioners and academics in America today, including many who are current members of the intellectually diverse, internationally renowned Taubman College faculty.
While at the University of Michigan, Taubman Fellows develop their work and teaching within an intellectually diverse and dynamic academic context composed of dedicated faculty and talented students from around the world. 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.
These fellowships are not intended to support dissertation completion, post-doctoral stays, or serve as a pipeline for tenure track positions at the institution. While these are not post-doctoral fellowships (note the teaching demands and expectations of engagement in studio instruction), we welcome applications of recent doctoral graduates committed to design education.
The Fishman Fellowship is a one-year teaching and research opportunity for leading early-career scholars and practitioners to generate the knowledge and capacity to improve urban futures. Fellows spend one year in residence and teach three classes related to their area of interest, in addition to pursuing their fellowship interest. Opportunities exist for fellows to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context and to share the outcome of their fellowship project with the college. Resources are provided for the development and execution of a project that may take the form of a publication, exhibition, or symposium. The fellowship is open to scholars and practitioners who have completed a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in planning, architecture, urban history, urban design, or a related field, and who aspire to shape urban thinking and practice.
Robert Fishman joined the Taubman College faculty in 2000 and retired in 2022 as a highly respected professor of architecture and urban planning. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning, and he has authored several books regarded as seminal texts on the history of cities and urbanism.
Taubman College Fellows spend their time with us developing 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; pursuing research and the development of research-relate curriculum, or advancing development and realization of a significant exploration into some aspects of architectural speculation and production.
Sojourner Truth Planning Fellowship
The Sojourner Truth Fellow position in the Master of Urban Planning Program was created as a way to engage scholars and reflective practitioners who can bring into our program rigorous attention to issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. The Sojourner Truth Fellow gives a lecture open to the university community during the academic term and visits campus for workshops with Taubman College students.
Spatial and Racial Fellow
The Spatial and Racial Fellowshipfocusing on racial and spatial justice - one in architecture and urban design focusing on the built environment, and one in urban planning and/or architecture with a designated role as a co-investigator on our Egalitarian Metropolis research project. Both are two-year fellowships. Understanding that architecture, urban design, and urban and regional planning are cultural products that always negotiate a complex multitude of voices and ideas and a myriad of social, political, and aesthetic concerns, Taubman College launched the Spatial and Racial Justice Fellowship program in 2021 to attract designers, practitioners, spatial activists, and researchers focusing on concerns at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and the built environment.