University of Michigan

Michigan Mellon Design Fellow


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. Made possible by a 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. 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. This fellowship appointment is for one (1) year with the opportunity to extend to a second year contingent on performance. The fellowship begins on July 1, 2022, and has two primary responsibilities related to research and teaching.

How to Apply

Applications are due May 25. Please submit a single PDF file no larger than 500k that contains your letter of interest and your resume/curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references).

Your letter of interest needs to contain the following sections:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement (max 300 words that highlights your work, lived experience, and accomplishments in DEI-related areas)
  • Research Project Statement (max 300 words outlining a 1-year or 2-year project)
  • Teaching Interest Statement (max 300 words outlining your interest and experience in teaching/learning)
  • A hyperlink to your design portfolio (max 10 pages) and/or writing samples (max 10-15 pages)

For complete details and to apply visit the website found at, Job ID 216584.  For questions, contact Qiana London, Taubman College human resource officer at

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