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Thank you for your interest in applying for the Frankel Institute 2024-25 Theme Year, Jewish/Queer/Trans

To apply, please complete the online application:




Applications are due by November 6, 2023

Applications are reviewed by the Institute’s Steering Committee and at least two external evaluators drawn from the Institute’s Academic Advisory Board.  Notifications will be made no later than March 2024.

Document Checklist

To complete your application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF format.

  • Abstract of your proposed fellowship project (100 words)
  • Description of your proposed fellowship project (1,000 words)
  • Current CV with a list of your publications
  • 1 sample of completed work and/or work in progress (not more than 40 pages each)
  • 2 references

All documents and other materials must be in English.


Fellowship applications are accepted from both tenured and untenured faculty as well as from recent Ph.D.’s without a tenure-track position and professors emeriti. Where appropriate, applications are accepted from independent artists, documentary film-makers, and writers.

You may apply either for a full academic year (usually September 1-April 30) or for a single term (Fall terms runs September-December and Winter Term runs January-April). Fellows can serve no more than two terms within a period of four years.  

The Frankel Institute is structured as a residential fellowship. With advance notification, alternative arrangements may be available.

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Faculty Eligibility:

All LSA faculty eligible to apply must be tenure–track, full–time faculty members engaged in major scholarly and/or creative projects in the humanities and/or interpretive sciences. They must have completed two consecutive terms of full–time teaching since their last leave of any kind. As this is a scholarly activity leave, terms on this award do not count toward sabbatical. Further, LSA faculty may apply to only one of the following in a given year: (1) Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, (2) Institute for the Humanities, or (3) Michigan Humanities awards.

University of Michigan Emeritus faculty members are not eligible for the fellowship.


All fellows receive compensation of $62,000 for a full academic year fellowship, or $31,000 for a single term. Additionally, University of Michigan health benefits are available for fellows who carry a 50% or greater appointment for four consecutive months.


Please contact with any questions regarding the application or program requirements.