Fellowship applications are accepted from both tenured and untenured faculty as well as from recent Ph.D.’s without a tenure-track position and professors emeriti. Where appropriate, applications are accepted from independent artists, documentary film-makers, and writers.

Depending on rank, experience, and length of stay at the Institute, Fellows receive compensation ranging between $45–66,000. The Frankel Institute is also able to reimburse up to $1,000 ($1,500 for those coming from abroad) for business-like expenses that are incurred in association with your initial trip to Ann Arbor and eventual departure. These expenses do not include any type of moving expenses, such as the costs associated with shipping personal items or employing a moving vendor, and they do not cover travel expenses for family or significant others. Additionally, University of Michigan health benefits are available for fellows who carry a 50% or greater appointment for four consecutive months.

Applications are impartially reviewed by the Institute’s Steering Committee and at least two external evaluators drawn from the Institute’s Academic Advisory Board.

The 2015–16 Frankel Institute Theme is Secularization / Sacralization. 

2015-16 Application

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Applicants must submit six hard copies and one electronic copy of the following materials no later than FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd 2014:

  • Application for Fellowship Checklist
  • Application for Fellowship
  • 1,000 word project description
  • A current curriculum vitae with a list of your publications
  • One or two writing sample(s) of completed work, publication, and/or work in progress, in English, not to exceed 40 pages total, and which will not be returned
  • References: Please have three colleagues mail his/her letter of recommendation directly to the Institute

For University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Faculty Eligibility
All LSA faculty eligible to apply must be tenure–track, full–time faculty members engaged in major scholarly and/or creative projects in the humanities and/or interpretive sciences. They must have completed four consecutive terms of full–time teaching since their last leave of any kind. As this is a scholarly activity leave, terms on this award do not count toward sabbatical. Further, LSA faculty may apply to only one of the following in a given year: (1) Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, (2) Institute for the Humanities, or (3) Michigan Humanities awards.

University of Michigan Emeritus faculty members are not eligible for the fellowship.

* Note: Past Frankel Institute Fellows, not from the University of Michigan, must have a 4 year break before they are eligible to apply.