Working with a ROMS Fellow

Please fill out this initial project form and an interested fellow will be in contact to assist with project scoping and timing.

Click here to Submit a Project Proposal

Benefits of Working with a Fellow

There are several benefits for being a host unit and participating in the ROMS Fellowship Program (formerly known as the Research Administration Fellowship):

  • Coach a biomedical Ph.D. trained fellow to develop and implement a project that holds value to the unit.
  • Bridge connections to other research units through innovative projects.
  • Contribute to the educational mission of the university by acting as professional mentor, teacher, and career guidance coach in your area of expertise.
  • Directly help shape the future biomedical research administration workforce.
  • Accelerate and strengthen the University of Michigan’s motto as Leaders and Best by creating novel and forward-thinking opportunities for Ph.D. graduates.
  • Receive national and international recognition in the program marketing and recruiting efforts.

Types of Opportunities

If you’re interested in working with a fellow, opportunities exist to participate in two general capacities:

  • Elective Rotations: An immersive option that integrates a fellow into one unit, combining shadowing, experiential learning opportunities, and project work. The goal of elective rotations is to allow fellows to focus in a single area and gain a broad understanding of the responsibilities of and activities taking place within a unit. Elective rotations can last anywhere from one week to several months depending on the preferences of both the fellow and the host unit.
  • Impact Project(s): During the second year of the program, fellows begin compiling a portfolio of impact projects across several units or departments. Instead of immersing in a single unit, fellows participate in project work with several groups, ranging anywhere from a couple of months in length to a year.

Example Projects

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Submitting a Project Proposal

Units or departments can submit ideas for project-work here. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. After reviewing proposals, fellows will work with units of interest to further define scope and timing of projects. 

The UMMS Office of Research can work with each host unit to meet the following expectations for participation in the program:

  • Designate a mentor to interact with the fellow and report to the UMMS Office of Research.
  • Identify a project and/or desired objectives appropriate for a Ph.D. trained fellow.
  • Report progress throughout the rotation or project.
  • At conclusion, evaluate the fellow’s performance based on the outlined objectives.

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