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 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 College 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.
Applications are due by January 4, 2023, for 2023-2024 Fellowships.
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.
The Design Fellowship, established in 1984 as the first of many Taubman College fellowships, offers design instructors early in their careers the opportunity to develop a body of work in the context of teaching. Design fellows play a significant role in the definition of studio culture while pursuing their own creative endeavors. Proposals for the Design 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.
The Project Fellowship facilitates the development and realization of a significant exploration into some aspects 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.
The Research Fellowship supports individuals with significant, compelling, and timely research on 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 formats. The fellowship will support both research and the development of research-related curriculum.
Diversity / Sojourner Truth 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.
Sojourner Truth, a freed slave, was anti-slavery, religiously tolerant, a pacifist, and a supporter of women’s rights who became a leading abolitionist and feminist of the nineteenth century. She was a preacher who often used personal testimony about her experiences as a slave. In 1854, at the Ohio Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, she gave her most famous speech—with the legendary phrase, “Ain’t I a Woman?”—which challenged those listening to see past her race and view her as a woman, too. One of her last major projects was an initiative to promote land ownership for freed slaves so that the “freed colored people in and about Washington, dependent upon Government for support, would be greatly benefitted and might become useful citizens by being placed in a position to support themselves.” Truth was a resident of Michigan for the last 25 years of her life.
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.
Michigan Society of Fellows Fellowship
Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, provides opportunities for postdoctoral fellows concurrently serve as non-tenure-track assistant professors in a sponsoring department or school, where they teach the equivalent of one year (across their three-year appointment). They share work-in-progress in their first year during a monthly postdoctoral fellows’ lunch and offer a more formal presentation in their second year to the entire Society. As postdoctoral fellows move back and forth between their disciplinary home and our interdisciplinary community, they learn—at a formative point in their careers—how to sense the import of their research for a broad group of thinkers, a process that in turn makes their work more consequential. They also have the precious time to re-envision their scholarly and creative projects with this broadened perspective.