Visiting Fellows Program

Visiting fellow program

The Center for Racial Justice invites you to submit a letter of interest to join our inaugural cohort of Visiting Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Visiting Fellows Program, a non-residential fellowship and signature initiative of the Center for Racial Justice, offers social justice leaders, activists, artists, advocates, and scholars a prestigious, highly competitive fellowship designed to recognize their transformative work to date and provide opportunities to advance their future endeavors. Visiting fellows will be given the time, space, and resources to create and produce catalyst projects that have clear potential to inform public debate, policy development, and scholarly analysis pertinent to (anti)racism and racial justice. Along with other topics, we are especially interested in supporting catalyst projects that focus on Black women’s experiences and outcomes in the areas of healthcare, education, housing, work/wages, financial health, access to capital, and digital connectivity. The Center for Racial Justice has received funding from the Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Initiative to fund one of our fellows.

Examples of catalyst projects include activist memoirs, documentary films, archive building, and monographs that seek to advance the conversation on racial justice. Visiting fellows will be expected to meaningfully engage with University of Michigan faculty and students during the fellowship period. Additionally, fellows are expected to reduce their existing job duties to advance their catalyst projects.

As a CRJ Visiting Fellow, you will receive:

  • A funded 9-month non-residential fellowship with an annual stipend. A residential option is available. 
  • Available funds for project and travel expenses.
  • Short-term office space at the Ford School when visiting Ann Arbor.
  • Access to media, publishing, and archiving specialists at the University of Michigan.
  • Access to a graduate research assistant for your book and film projects. 
  • Access to our Supporting Changemakers workshop series, a tailored professional development curriculum that offers strategies and tools for developing and completing your catalyst projects.
  • Regular networking opportunities with the other Visiting Fellows, as well as faculty and students affiliated with the Center for Racial Justice and the University of Michigan.



Anyone interested can submit CV/resume and a 3-4 page letter of interest describing their prospective catalyst project and its connection to issues around race and public policy to Dr. Dominique Adams-Santos at In your letter you may choose to detail (1) your professional background; (2) your proposed catalyst project and its connection to race and public policy; (3) the current status of your project; (4) the desired timeline of completion for your project; (5) how participating in the Visiting Fellows Program would contribute to the development of your project; (6) the expected budget for advancing your catalyst project; and (7) how you expect to reduce your existing job duties to advance your catalyst project (e.g., utilizing sabbatical time or securing a reduced teaching load if you are a faculty member, or reducing your organizational workload and/or engaging supplemental staff). Review of materials will begin June 30, 2022 and continue until July 15, 2022.

Have any questions?


Dominique Adams-Santos

Associate Director, Center for Racial Justice; Special Assistant to the Associate Dean, Ford School; Anti-Racism Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Institutional Diversity