In addition to our faculty and students, the extraordinary resources of the University of Michigan are key to the quality of graduate study at this institution. Our 30 libraries (including the nationally renowned William L. Clements Library, the Hatcher Graduate Library, Bentley Historical Library, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library), 7 museums (including the U-M Art Museum and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology), the area centers that comprise the International Institute, and the substantial resources of Rackham Graduate School, provide students a unique setting for development as scholars, researchers and teachers.
We mentioned interdisciplinarity as a factor in what distinguishes Michigan. Our professors hold joint appointments in a wide variety of academic units: American Culture, Asian Languages & Cultures, Afroamerican and African Studies, Comparative Literature, English Language and Literature, Germanic Languages and Literature, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Romance Languages and Literature, and Women’s Studies. Consequently, our graduate students have many opportunities for individualized work drawing on the resources of these programs and departments.
Rackham Graduate School provides considerable assistance to students, including funding of fellowships, research grants, travel grants and emergency funds; health and wellness programing; social events; personal and professional development workshops; and research symposia. Rackham’s interdisciplinary workshops are designed to encourage exchange and collaboration among students and faculty who share intellectual interests but not academic affiliations. History grad students are involved in a wide variety of these workshops, both as coordinators and active participants.
Affiliated with the History Department , the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies was founded in 2004 to provide a setting for faculty, graduate students and visitors to “draw on common scholarly ground to examine diverse approaches to the study and the teaching of history.” The institute hosts seminars, colloquia, lectures and workshops by distinguished scholars; sponsors graduate student workshops; and provides grants and fellowships for faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.