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Nomination Scholarship: Mary Malcomson Raphael

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship nomination form for the academic year 2019-20 is now available! Click the yellow button on the sidebar to nominate.

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is for nominated women graduate students in a humanities or social science field within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) or an interdisciplinary degree program in which a major component is taught by faculty from a department of LSA. If enrolled in a dual degree program, the nomination must come from the LSA department. Each department is invited to submit one nomination.

The Fellowship is intended as an award of high distinction and is presented to women held in the highest esteem by their faculty. It is provided through an endowment established by the late Margaret Earhart Smith in recognition of her friend, Ms. Raphael, who, by personality and action, “evoked power in people above and beyond their ordinary capacity.” The intent of the donor is that the Fellowship provide for tuition and essential living expenses without sacrifice of the fellow’s time, such as through employment. The amount of the fellowship will be determined by individual need.

The Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship is by nomination only.

 

DEADLINE: February 6, 2019, 11:59 PM

Eligibility Criteria

MMR nominees must be female graduate students  enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year in a social science or humanities PhD program within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts; or in an interdisciplinary degree program in which a major component of the program is taught by faculty from a department of LSA.   At the time of the application, the nominee must have completed at least four (4) semesters at the University, with preference given to students who have reached candidacy. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the nontraditional student criteria listed below:

  • A minimum five-year (60-month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school
  • Primary caregiver to a minor, older adult or disabled adult
  • First generation student
  • Student veteran
  • Student coming from a single parent household

Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of academic excellence and capacity for intellectual growth
  • Clarity of scholarly and professional goals
  • Potential to make an exceptional contribution (broadly defined) to society
  • Demonstrated financial need

Award Description

This fellowship is supported by the Mary Malcomson Raphael Fund. The amount of the fellowship is determined by individual need in collaboration with the recipient, the nominating department, and the Office of Financial Aid. More than one fellowship may be awarded.

The 2019-2020 MMR Fellow(s) will be notified in May 2019.  Additional documentation will be requested at that time to determine the specific amount of the fellowship and timing of disbursement.

Nomination / Application Procedure

Students must be nominated by a social sciences or humanities doctoral program housed within the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA). Each LSA department may nominate one student each year.  Please contact your specific department to learn more about their internal nomination and selection process.

To nominate a student for the MMR Fellowship, the department must complete and submit the nomination form.  The MMR nomination form includes the following components:

  • Statement from the nominating program (a recommendation from the graduate program chair, or other designated faculty nominator).  This statement should comment on the selection criteria for the MMR fellowship as well as anticipated financial support the department will provide the nominee in the upcoming academic year (and beyond, if applicable).  
  • Nominee’s statement explaining their eligibility under one of the listed nontraditional criteria (1,500 characters)
  • Nominee’s personal statement of scholarly and professional goals (6,000 characters)
  • Nominee’s description of scholarly work (6,000 characters)
  • Current curriculum vitae (c.v.)
  • Unofficial transcript (including Fall 2018 semester)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the nominee’s faculty advisor, noting the nominee’s academic excellence, demonstrated scholarship, and the potential impact of her scholarly work.

DEADLINE: February 6, 2019, 11:59 PM
Questions? Contact Erin Lane or Adrian Benedict at cew-scholarships@umich.edu or (734) 764-6360.