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(Supporting Careers and Cultivating Excellence, Engagement, and Diversity Grant)

Program Overview

The SUCCEED (Supporting Careers and Cultivating Excellence, Engagement, and Diversity) Faculty Grants fund a range of activities aimed at improving the environment for career satisfaction and success of a diverse faculty. In particular, we seek to identify needs outside of regularly funded channels that will have a high impact on the career success of individual faculty or diverse groups of faculty. Women and other members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Award Range

Funds of up to $10,000 may be requested, depending on the scope and needs of the project.


[CLOSED UNTIL WINTER 2024] Applications are typically accepted January through mid March. Decisions are announced in April, with award funds available in May.


U-M Ann Arbor faculty with appointments on the tenure track in arts, humanities, and social science fields; lecturer, clinical, and research faculty may apply if they are working toward a shift onto the tenure track; recipients of an ADVANCE Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant are ineligible to apply.

Application Process

The online application can be accessed by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the InfoReady site. It includes the following components:

  • Questions collecting basic information (primary affiliation, rank, time in rank, contact information for you and your department financial administrator, etc.)
  • Questions about your proposal
  • Project title
  • Amount requested
  • Provide an overview of the needed resources and their relationship to increasing the career satisfaction, climate, and/or success of a diverse faculty in your field (up to 500 words)
  • What are the goals for the project to be supported by the award funds and how will the award funds be used to further these goals? (up to 500 words)
  • Describe the roles of any collaborators on the project (up to 250 words)
  • Why/How will funds from this grant program make a difference: why will funds from this source, in particular, address this need, including unique needs as a result of the impact of COVID-19? (up to 500 words)
  • Upload required documentation
  • Budget and Budget Justification (Must provide an explanation of each component of your budget, including how each item is necessary to achieve the goals of the project and how the estimated costs were calculated; also identify other funding sources. See Budget and Budget Justification Template.)
  • Applicant CV (abbreviated)
  • (Optional) Collaborator CVs
Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty

Review Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the proposed work to be supported, the potential impact of the award on career development, and the degree to which the award will enhance the climate for and success of a diverse faculty.

Priority will be given to:

  • Funding requests that cannot be covered by existing funds (e.g., other grant funding, start-up funding, or school/college funds)
  • applications for funds that can be used in the 12-month period following award disbursement (Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider the timeline and feasibility of their projects in relation to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic activities.)
  • applicants who did not receive an ADVANCE SUCCEED grant in the last two years

Review and Notification Timeline:

Applications will be reviewed in late March and early April. Decisions will be made in mid April. Notifications will be sent out in late April, with funds for awardees available May 2023. Applicants will be notified via email if there are any changes to this timeline.

Examples of Possible Funding Requests/ Ineligible Expenses
  • Graduate or undergraduate student research assistance
  • Editorial assistance
  • Travel to laboratories, field sites, collaborators, archives, museums, etc.
  • Support for child/dependent care and/or travel to allow applicant to travel for the purposes of research, teaching, or professional development
  • Supplies and equipment for scholarly activities
  • Development of a symposium/conference
  • Development of an online US or international network to support diverse faculty in particular subfields
  • Community engaged projects/public scholarship
  • Development of digital archives, databases, websites, and other electronic sources and media

Faculty may submit requests that fall outside of this list and are encouraged to use the application to explain unusual circumstances and/or unique needs.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Applicant salary or other tenure-track faculty salaries
  • Local childcare when the applicant is in town


Email the ADVANCE Grants Team at

SUCCEED Recipients

2022-23 SUCCEED Recipients

2023 SUCCEED winners. See list below

  • Su’ad Abdul Khabeer – LSA American Culture
  • Retika Adhikari – LSA American Culture
  • Umayyah Cable – LSA American Culture
  • Nachiket Chanchani – LSA History of Art
  • Luciana de Souza Leão – LSA Sociology
  • Sherina Feliciano-Santos – LSA Anthropology
  • Marc Hannaford – SMTD Music Theory
  • David Jackson – SMTD Winds & Percussion
  • Charles Lwanga – SMTD Musicology
  • Yasmin Moll – LSA Anthropology
  • Laura Motta – LSA Classical Studies
  • Sheila Murphy – LSA Film, Television & Media
  • Savithry Namboodiripad – LSA Linguistics
  • Alyssa Paredes – LSA Anthropology
  • Swapnil Rai – LSA Film, Television & Media
  • Seda Saluk – LSA Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Ying Xu – Education Educational Studies
2021-22 SUCCEED Recipients

  • Samer Ali – LSA, Middle East Studies
  • Adriene Beltz – LSA, Psychology
  • Fernanda Lima Cross – Social Work
  • Gabriela Cruz – Music, Theatre & Dance, Music
  • Jaclynn Hawkins – Social Work
  • Murad Idris – LSA,  Political Science
  • Raevin Jimenez – LSA, History
  • Charlotte Karem Albrecht – LSA, American Culture & Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Barbara Koremenos – LSA, Political Science
  • Heidi Kumao – Art & Design
  • Ashley Lacombe-Duncan – Social Work
  • Alaina Lemon – LSA, Anthropology
  • Victor Román Mendoza – LSA, Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Kelly Murdoch-Kitt – Art & Design
  • Cyrus Peñarroyo – Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Niloofar Sarlati – LSA, Comparative Literature
  • Natalie Tronson – LSA, Psychology
  • Mariah Zeisberg – LSA, Political Science
2020-21 SUCCEED Recipients
  • Charli Brissey, Music, Theater, and Dance
  • William Calvo-Quiros, American Culture, LSA
  • Amy Chavasse, Music, Theater, and Dance
  • Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Social Work
  • Nicholas Henriksen, Romance Languages & Literature, LSA
  • Holly Hughes, Art and Design
  • Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Romance Languages & Literature, LSA
  • Nancy Khalil, American Culture, LSA
  • Joy Knoblauch, TCAUP
  • Petra Kuppers, English, LSA
  • Christi Merrill, Comparative Literature, LSA
  • Susan Najita, English, LSA
  • Janet Richards, Middle East Studies, LSA
  • Magdalena Zabrowska, American Culture, LSA
2019-20 SUCCEED Recipients
  • Sophia Brueckner, Art and Design
  • Lorraine Gutierrez, Psychology, LSA
  • Carol Jacobsen, Art and Design
  • Ishani Maitra, Philosophy, LSA
  • Sarah Murray, Film, TV, Media and Digital Studies Institute, LSA
  • Sun Young Park, Art and Design
  • Megan Sapnar Ankerson, Communication and Media, LSA
2018-19 SUCCEED Recipients
  • Samer Ali, Middle East Studies, LSA
  • Naomi Andre, Women’s Studies, LSA
  • Sophia Brueckner, Art and Design
  • Edward Chang, Psychology, LSA
  • Clare Croft, Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Guarav Desai, English Language and Literature, LSA
  • Harley Etienne, Architecture; Ebbin Dotson, Public Health; William Calvo-Quirós, American Culture, LSA; Jose Casas, Music, Theatre & Dance; Myles Durkee, Psychology, LSA; Kevin Jones, Medical School; Jason Young, History, LSA
  • Bethany Hughes, American Culture, LSA
  • Shanna Kattari, Social Work; Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Social Work
  • Inderjit Kaur, Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Joy Knoblauch, Architecture
  • Diana Louis, Women’s Studies, LSA
  • Massy Mutumba, Nursing
  • Mara Ostfeld, Political Science, LSA
  • Ana Sabau, Romance Languages and Literatures, LSA
  • Katie Schultz, Social Work; Sandra Momper, Social Work; Abigail Eiler, Social Work
  • Omar Sosa-Tzec, Art and Design
  • Camille Wilson, Education
  • Mariah Zeisberg, Political Science, LSA

Summer Writing Grant* Spotlight

My ADVANCE Summer Writing Grant* has been enormously helpful in bringing my first fiction book out into the world: Ice Bar (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). I usually work on my creative writing alone, but the summer grant meant that I had the opportunity to take a summer course and work in an online workshop environment, responding to draft deadlines, and getting valuable feedback on my short stories from a group of peers. In addition to craft matters, I also learned a lot from observing the categories of success and assessment practices employed by my workshop fellows. These insights were particularly helpful to me as someone who writes on as well as about the edges of literary and speculative genre worlds. My pedagogical observations of the workshop environment did not only influence the development of my short story collection, but also informed the work I engage in around writing communities and the development of contemporary genre spaces. So, as a surprise bonus from the opportunity to engage in an ADVANCE-funded structured workshop environment for genre writers, I was able to use my insights to develop an article on Creative Writing, Horror, and Disability, forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability.

Petra Kuppers headshotPetra Kuppers, Summer Writing Grant recipient 2016-17
English Language and Literature,
Women’s Studies,
Art, and Theater and Drama

Petra Kuppers Book: Ice Bar. The cover is a blue eye with figures beneath.

*The SUCCEED Grant is an adaptation and expansion of the former Summer Writing Grant (SWG) and Faculty Leadership in Professional Societies (FLiPS) Grant. Former accounts of SWG and FLiPS awardees demonstrate potential uses of the SUCCEED Grant, but endeavors are not limited to these examples

My two summer writing fellowships from ADVANCE enabled me to hire an excellent editor to format and proof-read my book’s chapter drafts. She was a wonderful first reader and interlocutor; I have been working with her on all my major publication projects ever since. One of the ADVANCE fellowships covered the cost of my son’s overnight camp, so I could focus on my writing completely for two uninterrupted weeks, during which I made the most progress on the core of the manuscript. In addition to enabling the completion of my book in a timely manner, ADVANCE boosted my self-confidence concerning my writing and research. It freed me to embrace my work and to honor my body’s needs for rest and parenting.

Magdalena Zaborowska headshotMagdalena Zaborowska, Summer Writing Grant recipient 2017-18
American Culture,
Afroamerican and African Studies

Zaborowska's book: Me and My House - James Baldwin's Last Decade in France. The cover has James Baldwin waving and a room in a house.

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