The School of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan has announced a new postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at increasing diversity among graduate students and faculty. Under the new program, 50 postdoctoral fellows will be recruited over the next five years to come to the University of Michigan to conduct research and gain experience in the classroom.
The fellows will receive salaries, research funds, and travel expenses for two years. During the two years, the fellows will be required to teach at least one course. Only students who did not complete their doctorates at the University of Michigan are eligible for the program.
The program is focused on increasing gender and racial diversity. Devin Walker, a communications officer for the university’s National Center for Institutional Diversity, said that “it is anticipated that people will complete the postdoctoral program and advance to being a full faculty member with a chance of becoming tenured.”
Andrew Martin, dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, said that the “Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is one of the most important elements of our recently drafted strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion. It will help us recruit a dynamic group of promising scholars whose commitment to diversity will bolster the academic excellence of both the College and the University as a whole.”
More information about the program can be found here.