“To the Fellows, I expect what appealed to you about Michigan is the same thing that appealed to me. I’ve never had the privilege to work at a place with the intellectual strength and breadth of the University of Michigan. There really isn’t a subject of human inquiry, of human teaching, of human interest that isn’t represented at the highest levels at this university and you get to spend a year as kids in a candy store. The intellectual resources that are at your disposal – the libraries, the museums, the labs, some of the world’s pre-eminent scholars – make this the ideal place to have access if you are a curious, inquisitive professional. You are helping the entire university understand the world better.”
Mark S. Schlissel, president, University of Michigan
Located in Ann Arbor
There are many reasons why Ann Arbor is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most desirable cities in which to live. Nestled in Southeastern Michigan, an easy commute to metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor is a singular gem.
With a population of about 115,000, Ann Arbor offers the coziness and charm of a small town paired with the sophistication, intellectual and cultural vibrancy that a major university demands. A welcoming city with the University of Michigan at its core, Ann Arbor achieves the rare balance of being both a cutting-edge college town and a haven for family life. Downtown’s streets are made for strolling, dotted with shops, independent book stores, bars, restaurants, art-house movie theaters, cafés and art galleries.
Families, professionals and students alike enjoy a reasonable cost of living. Ann Arbor offers terrific parks, museums, high-performing public schools and thriving international community.
Ann Arbor is a short trip by car or train to Detroit, Chicago and Toronto, not to mention the abundance of beauty Michigan itself has to offer. Whether you prefer your nature bundled up with snowshoes strapped to your feet or viewed from the sunny porch of a cozy B&B, Michigan is a sight to behold.
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan is one of the nation’s finest institutions, consistently earning high rankings and international acclaim in numerous fields of study, ranging from the liberal arts to medicine to public policy to information sciences.
Historically, the Ann Arbor campus has been a breeding ground for change, for new ideas. In 1960, it was the birthplace of the legendary Students for a Democratic Society, spawning a decade of social change. The next year, President John F. Kennedy stood on the steps of the Michigan Union to announce the formation of the Peace Corps. There is, then, no better legacy on which to build a Fellowship year of new ideas, growth and change.
Building on that legacy is Michigan’s committed interdisciplinary approach to education, which is a key component of our Fellows’ cultivation. Following are just a handful of the many unique and notable opportunities the University of Michigan has to offer: