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U-LINK Social Equity Challenge

In light of the violence and injustice that have come to the forefront of our national consciousness in recent weeks, we are issuing a special, rapid U-LINK challenge to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration that can advance understanding of individual, institutional, and/or structural oppression, and its associated impact on multiple outcomes of interest, such as: health, educational achievement, income inequality, reimagined practices in the criminal legal system, and public policy. Our collective expertise and experience, when harnessed for collaborative team scholarship, has the potential to generate new knowledge—and new solutions—for complex and long over-due questions about oppression and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, class, and/ or ability.

This call is intentionally broad. We encourage and look forward to creative applications, giving priority to those related to the experience of Blacks in the US.

We will fund 10 projects for a year covering up to $100,000 in eligible expenses.

For interested faculty, we will be hosting an online “mixer” to facilitate possible connections with potential collaborators.

To learn more about funding opportunities, or to apply, click here.

Important Dates:
  • August 1, 2020 – Social Equity Challenge applications due

Phase I 2020

U-LINK seeks applications from interdisciplinary teams that may combine researchers from across UM’s three campuses. We encourage proposals that tackle problems aligning with the university’s Roadmap to Our New Century, such as addressing environmental challenges, engineering smart/connected cities, promoting health and wellness, cultivating a culture of belonging, and applying the potential of big data to global issues.

Teams consisting of individuals from a minimum of two disciplines are eligible to compete for funding, which will be awarded in two phases. Phase I (Developmental) funding is designed to help teams further develop and refine ideas and to become established as a coherent team.

To learn more about funding opportunities, or to apply, click here.

Phase I Important Dates:
  • September 3, 2019 – Letter of Intent (LOI) due
  • October 2, 2019 – LOI notification/feedback provided
  • October 21, 2019 – Phase I full application due
  • December 2, 2019 – Decisions made
  • January 1, 2020 – Start date

Predoctoral Fellowship

U-LINK seeks applications from doctoral students who desire to pursue problem-based interdisciplinary research. The U-LINK Predoctoral Fellowship requires the student to identify at least two UM faculty advisors, representing at least two distinct disciplines, with whom to complete his or her dissertation work. We especially encourage project proposals that tackle problems aligning with UM’s Roadmap To Our New Century initiative; e.g., addressing environmental challenges, engineering smart/connected cities, promoting health and wellness, cultivating a culture of belonging, and applying the potential of big data to global issues.

The U-LINK Predoctoral Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for innovative doctoral students, who have not yet completed all of their coursework (unless they have already taken coursework in a second discipline that is relevant to the proposed project), interested in completing their dissertation in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment. The fellowship is comprised of a stipend of $40,000 for a 12-month period (beginning August 1 each year) plus 100% health insurance subsidy while a student is supported by the U-LINK fellowship.

Please click here to apply for the U-LINK Predoctoral Fellowship.

Predoctoral Fellowship Important Dates:
  • February 14, 2020 – Applications due by 5:00 pm
  • August 1, 2020 – Earliest start date