Application Information

The application for the 2022-2024 cohort is now closed.
The application for the 2023-2025 cohort will open January 1, 2023.

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  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Open to current U-M Ph.D. graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Must have completed Ph.D. requirements by fellowship start date.

Application Materials

All application materials should focus on highlighting how your experiences have shaped your interest in the Research Operations, Management & Strategy (ROMS) Fellowship (formerly known as the Research Administration Fellowship) and how they will help you succeed in this program and beyond.

  • Written Statements (500-word limit)
    • 1.) Describe why you are interested in the Research Operations, Management & Strategy (ROMS) Fellowship and how the opportunity will help you develop personally and professionally to achieve your short- and longer-term goals.
    • 2.) Address one (1) of the following prompts:
      • Describe something interesting about yourself that is not reflected on your resume. How will that contribute to your success in the ROMS Fellowship?
      • Describe a challenge or barrier you have experienced in conducting research at the University of Michigan and discuss what you would do as a leader to address it.
      • Describe a situation outside the scope of your research where you had to problem-solve and demonstrate leadership. Who was involved? What happened? How did you exhibit leadership?
  • Resumé (2-page limit)
  • Letters of Recommendations: (1) academic & (1) non-academic

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many fellows will be accepted in each cohort?

Two fellows will be selected to participate in each cohort.

When will I hear back from the review committee?

The Selection Committee will extend invitations to interview within one month of the application submission deadline. Final decisions will be communicated within two weeks after interviews.

Can I apply if I did not graduate from the University of Michigan?

Yes! Applicants must be graduating doctoral students from U-M or current post-doctoral trainees at U-M (regardless of where your Ph.D. was obtained) in a biomedical or life science-related field.

When do I need to complete my Ph.D.?

You must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by the start of the program. If you are a current Ph.D. student, you must include a letter of support from your Ph.D. advisor that indicates all degree requirements and lab commitments will be completed before the program start date. Degree conferral by the institution can be obtained after starting in the program.

I'm already a postdoc. Do I qualify?

Yes! A current U-M postdoc can apply. You do not have to have a completed Ph.D. from U-M.

Does this position require a background check/screening or drug test?

As with all employees in the U-M Health System and Michigan Medicine, a background screening is required for employment. For more information on the policy for background screenings, visit U-M Human Resources.

Pre-employment drug testing is also a requirement of the U-M Health System and Michigan Medicine for all selected candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment/appointment and may use a third-party administrator to conduct the drug screening. For more information on the policy for drug testing, visit U-M Human Resources.

Does the ROMS Fellowship program sponsor international students for H1-B visas or green cards?

No, currently we do not sponsor international students or postdoctoral fellows for our fellowship program.

Is the fellowship a full-time job? What is the time commitment?

The fellowship is considered a full-time job/effort. You cannot participate in additional postdoc training, other employment, or any other fellowships while participating in this program.

When does the program start?

The program starts in the fall of each year.

How should Letters of Recommendation be submitted?

The Letters of Recommendation are sent through the Competition Space system during the application process. You will be asked to provide email addresses for those that you wish to submit on your behalf. You can view this feature while drafting your application in Competition Space.


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