Rackham-CRLT Intercampus Mentorship Program (PLEASE NOTE: Program is ending June 2016)


Welcome! This program offers U-M grad students and postdocs an opportunity to meet faculty at nearby colleges and universities, work together on teaching or research, and learn about students and campus life at places other than U-M. Through these contacts, you can:
  • Develop valuable networks and experiences that will be useful for your faculty job search
  • Learn about what it's like to teach at a place other than U-M
  • Get useful advice about your teaching, research and career plans
  • Work collaboratively on a teaching or research project
  • Explore career possibilities and determine the types of places where you would like to work

Participating Colleges and Universities

In the Mentorship Program, you can choose to work with a faculty member at any college or university. Most often, participants visit institutions relatively close to Ann Arbor, but you are welcome to work with a faculty mentor at any college or university, subject to the program's $200 travel reimbursement limit (see below). The following schools have often worked with U-M students in the past. 

Other nearby institutions to consider include Washtenaw Community College, Wayne State University, and Hope College. If you are traveling for a conference or field work, you might consider planning a mentorship at a college or university near your destination. 

How to Participate

The basic process for particiapting in the program is outlined below. Full details on how to proceed with each step are available by following the links.

  1. Enroll in the program by June 1, 2016. 
  2. Find and contact a potential mentor.
  3. After your mentor agrees to participate, plan your first meeting. All mentorship visits must be completed by June 30, 2016.
  4. A week before the meeting, submit a budget request
  5. Within 30 days after your meeting, submit your expense report for reimbursement.

The mentorship program can fund up to 3 days with your mentor, so if you plan additional visits, repeat the budget request and expense report for each visit.

Reimbursement for Expenses

With authorization, you can be reimbursed for:
  • meals with your mentor (up to $15 per person per meal), 
  • one meal or coffee with up to six faculty or undergraduates at your mentor's institution, (up to $15 per person) 
  • your travel expenses up to $200 associated with carrying out the mentorship, including mileage, bus/train, car rental, parking, tolls, and hotel if needed, 
  • project expenses such as books or copying up to $75. 

Full details about eligible expenses are availabel on the budget request form.

To Learn More

  • Information about the schools that most often participate with the program is available here. 
  • Past participants have blogged about their mentorship experience: click here to read their success stories.
  • CRLT's program coordinator for both the short-term and extended mentorship programs is Meg Bakewell. If you or your faculty mentor have questions about the program, please contact her by email (mbakewel@umich.edu) or phone (734-615-9281).

Additional Opportunities

Although not part of the mentorship program, you also may be interested in post-doc opportunities at Kalamazoo and Oberlin.  Participation in the mentorship program before this postdoc application is encouraged.