Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan offers four fellowships for research and instruction on architecture and the built environment. Each fellowship includes teaching related to the fellow’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 in addition to pursuing their fellowship interests.
Taubman College aspires to be the leader in interdisciplinary education and research to create opportunities for a more beautiful, inclusive, and better built environment for generations to come. Our academic programs prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions that shape the built environment at scales ranging from local to global. Taubman College has a long educational tradition that combines design and technology. Today, it continues to foster a broad view of architecture and urban and regional planning in the context of a major research university where interdisciplinary initiatives are encouraged and supported.
Taubman College affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which every and all members and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about Taubman College’s DEI efforts.
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 PhD or other terminal degree in planning, architecture, urban history, urban design, or a related field, and who aspire to shape urban thinking and practice.
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.
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.
Diversity / The 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 visit campus for workshops with Taubman College students.
Transformative Food Systems Fellowship
The Transformative Food Systems (TFS) Fellowship is rooted in the idea that bold leaders are urgently needed who reflect the communities most affected by intertwined environmental, health and economic food systems crises. During the two-year fellowship, TFS Fellows study food systems from diverse disciplinary angles and gain critical skills needed to construct truly transformative food systems that are more equitable, health-promoting and ecologically resilient. Learn more about eligibility and requirements. Apply now