The Center for Academic Innovation, in partnership with public engagement units across campus, stewards the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship. A signature initiative at the Center for Academic Innovation, the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship works to foster more--and more effective--faculty public engagement at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Fellowship Goals

The Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship aims to:

  • Support the faculty-articulated need for time and space to reflect, develop skills, and incubate project ideas.
  • Encourage recognition of and experimentation with all forms of public engagement.
  • Create an interdisciplinary, intergenerational learning community focused on public engagement.
  • Foster conversations about institutional and cultural support for public engagement on campus.

What is the Fellowship?

There are two phases to this fellowship: an intensive Studio Experience phase focused on community-building, exploring, and learning, and a Project Support phase with the opportunity to request in-kind support and up to $10,000 for an ambitious public engagement project.

Phase I: Studio Experience

During the Studio Experience (May 17 - June 16, 2022), Fellows will interact with experts across the university representing the breadth of opportunities available in public engagement. Activities in this phase include:

  • Workshops supporting skill development, including the opportunity to put skills immediately into practice
  • Networking with campus units and external organizations in public engagement
  • Participation in an intergenerational and interdisciplinary learning community focused on public engagement
  • Larger project planning for Phase 2: Project Support

Phase II: Project Support

Following the Studio Experience, Fellows may develop and refine a project proposal for an ambitious public engagement project and then propose this project to the Center for Academic Innovation. If selected, Fellows can receive up to $10,000 and in-kind support from the Center for Academic Innovation and other public engagement units on campus. Funds may be used for a variety of costs, including building relationships with relevant communities, creating materials to share scholarship, or compensating partners. In-kind support could include general needs, such as project management, or project-specific needs, such as exhibition development or community-engaged coursework.

What Does Participation in the Fellowship Look Like?

There are two tracks to participating in the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship: as a Fellow, or as a Mentor Fellow.


Are faculty who are interested in significant learning or experimentation, with the goal of exploring different forms of engaged work in order to try something new in their practice or deepen their understanding of public engagement.

  • Receive $1500 as discretionary research funds for successfully completing the Studio Experience
  • Are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 and in-kind support during Phase 2

Mentor Fellows

Are faculty who are interested in considering deeply and sharing about how public engagement has shaped their scholarly identity and experience.

  • Have a significant role in shaping the learning community and Studio Experience with structured activities and opportunities to mentor the Fellows
  • Receive $2000 as discretionary research funds for successfully completing the Studio Experience
  • Are not eligible to propose a project during Phase 2

Both Fellows & Mentor Fellows Receive

  • An opportunity for deep, structured reflection about past and future experiences with public engagement.
  • Unique opportunities to develop or level-up public engagement skills in partnership with experts across U-M.
  • Access to an interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning community of faculty committed to public engagement.
  • Recognition as a public engagement practitioner, including support to tell the story of your impact and opportunities to highlight your work.

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