Michigan-Mellon Post-Professional Fellowship-Taubman College

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Ann Arbor, MI, USLocation:
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The Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Michigan. It was made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The project allows design theory and practice to inform and be informed by questions of social justice, social movements and transformative creative arts movements -  both past and present. The emphasis on cities and their specificity will focus humanists on linking theories of human interaction and collective life with the physical space of a city and its histories. The increased expertise in urbanism allows for humanists to better understand the market forces and economic constraints that inform design decisions that directly affect human life. For more information on the Michigan/Mellon Project, please visit our website:

The Michigan/Mellon Design Fellowship was created as part of the Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis and supports the Michigan Architecture Prep program. The Michigan Architecture Prep program is a five day a week design studio and college preparatory course for Detroit Public Schools Community District juniors. Design Fellows will be expected to teach up to two sessions per day, five days a week at the Midtown Detroit Studio. Each fellow will receive work space at the Michigan Research Studio, a 3,700sf space in midtown Detroit.

Fellows will work closely with the Program Director, graduate student instructors, and Taubman faculty and staff to ensure the success of the program in all aspects. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Fellows are expected to pursue independent research projects at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities, with particular emphasis on the role of egalitarianism in shaping metropolitan regions. Research work should also address aspects of one or more of the focus cities (Detroit, Mexico City DF and/or Rio de Janeiro). Through faculty mentorship, colloquia and symposia, Fellows will join an intellectual community in which work in progress is shared and interrogated by a community of designers and scholars. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a written report on their activities and present their work to a public audience in an acceptable medium. 

The University of Michigan invites applications from graduates of accredited professional degree programs in architecture who possess high levels of proficiency in architectural and/or urban design, fluency in contemporary visual culture and contemporary practices, and fluency in aspects of humanities discourses that impact architectural thinking. Applicants should also possess an interest in teaching and evidence of a demonstrated commitment to cultural and disciplinary diversity. Fellows are expected to be in the early stages of their academic or professional careers.  Candidates must be within 4 calendar years from receipt of their highest degree. 

This appointment is not tenure-track. Appointment Dates 1-2 Design Fellows are appointed for one calendar year.  The appointment is from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. Compensation/Benefits Design Fellows will receive a competitive compensation. Each Fellow will receive a research stipend per calendar year that may be used for research-related expenses. Fellows will also be eligible to enroll in UM benefits plans, more information can be found on the benefits website: 


Application Materials:

Application Documents must be submitted via email as a single PDF file of moderate size. 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae (including degrees earned, experience, and honors) 3. Research Project Statement (max. 1 page) 4. Teaching Interest Statement (max. 1 page) 5. Diversity Statement (max 1 page describing evidence of commitment to cultural diversity) 6. Portfolio of Visual and Design Work (max. 15 pages) 7. Recommendation Letters (2) 

Submission Information:

Applications are due by April 1, 2018. Applying is a two-step process.

First: Applicants should submit application materials listed above and contact information for three references. All materials should be formatted in that order into a single PDF and titled in the following manner: lastname_firstname_MellonFellowship2018. The document may not exceed 30 pages. Please submit these files electronically via this Box link: 

 Second: Please register as external applicant at the University of Michigan Career website at the following this link: Search the job field for Job ID #154016, and follow the directions for application. This site will not allow you to upload your portfolio.

Application Questions : Qiana London

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