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Application Information

The Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship is designed for faculty who are interested in integrating public engagement more fully into their scholarly identity and work. All levels of experience with engagement, as well as interests in any form of public engagement, are welcome to apply. 

The deadline for applications to the 2024 cohort has passed. Applications for the fellowship generally open in the fall of each year.


University of Michigan faculty from all three campuses and all schools and colleges are encouraged to apply to the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship—including tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, curatorial faculty, librarians, lecturers, and clinical faculty. 

Please note: All LEO Lecturers are eligible to participate in the Studio Experience. Lecturers IV are eligible for Phase 2: Project Support with permission and a verification letter from their home unit. Members of previous PEFF cohorts are not eligible to apply for the 2024 cohort. 

2024 Application & Selection Timeline

  • Applications open: Monday, October 2, 2023 
  • Applications close: Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Invited group conversations for finalists: January 29 – February 9, 2024
  • Cohort Notified: mid-late February 2024 
  • Studio Experience: May 13 – June 13, 2024

I learned a lot about public engagement but the workshop you created is a must for any faculty member. It is an orientation on steroids. It certainly motivated me in public engagement but also made my work on campus more meaningful. Thank you very much. Every faculty member needs these sessions and an amazing cohort like this. 

– Yunus Zeytuncu, Professor, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, Dearborn, PEFF Fellow 2023

Review & Selection

Written applications are first reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of engaged faculty and staff. Finalists are then invited to participate in a group conversation with other finalists and reviewers.

The review committee is looking for applicants that demonstrate the following: 

  • A willingness to learn and explore, with an openness to feedback and growth
  • The ability to self-reflect on one’s values, privileges, and belief systems
  • The ability to foster a productive environment for co-learning
  • A clear articulation about how engagement will help them to understand and evolve their scholarly identity, as well as an idea about how they might engage in the future
  • Some prior experience with public engagement, even just by seeing others’ engagement and being inspired

The review committee is also interested in creating a diverse cohort across a number of dimensions, including disciplines, schools/colleges/units, social identities, and interests in public engagement.