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Michigan Faculty Fellows Program (VAP)

The two-year, in-residence Michigan Faculty Fellows Program (a form of a Visiting Assistant Professor Program) is for highly promising scholars with an outstanding academic record who wish to develop their scholarship and teaching skills in preparation for the academic job market.

The Michigan Faculty Fellows program is focused exclusively on the professional development of each Fellow, and consists of mentoring in three areas:

  1. Scholarship. Faculty Fellows produce at least one significant piece of original scholarship under the guidance of two Michigan faculty mentors.

  2. Teaching. Faculty Fellows teach a seminar on their research during the first year. In the second year, Fellows shadow an experienced faculty member for portions of a core course of their choice, and then teach that course with feedback from faculty and UM's Center for Research and Learning on Teaching.

  3. Intellectual Life. Faculty Fellows participate fully in the intellectual life of the Law School, attending workshops, presenting their work in a faculty forum, submitting scholarship to the Law School’s annual "Junior Scholars' Conference," and participating in a specially designed Legal Scholarship Pro-Seminar.

The primary focus of the program is the production of scholarship to enter the job market in the fall of the second fellowship year. The additional components are aimed exclusively at fostering the candidate's professional development in keeping with the Law School’s commitment to all three elements of being a law professor. They are not intended to fill any Law School teaching or service need and can be adapted after appropriate consultation to suit each Fellow’s individual situation.

Compensation

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,000 per year (plus benefits), an annual research allowance of $1,500, a one-time $1,000 relocation allowance, and a separate travel allowance for the AALS job market. The fellowship is open to anyone holding a U.S. law degree (or, in highly exceptional circumstances, the international equivalent).

How to Apply

To apply, submit:

  • An outline of your proposed research (up to 1,000 words)
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Up to two publications or writing samples, and
  • Your proposed seminar and preferred course(s)

If you would like to be considered for a fellowship beginning in fall 2019, send application material to Ms. Tracey Kuffel, Assistant to the Associate Deans, at <tkuffel@umich.edu>, no later than October 27, 2018. Michigan Law School will consider applications on a rolling basis, invite finalists to Ann Arbor for a campus visit, and announce decisions by March 1, 2019.