Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host and Anna Olcott Smith Awards

The Susan Lipschutz Fund for Women Graduate Students was established to honor the memory of Dr. Susan Lipschutz, former Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Susan Lipschutz was esteemed as a valued colleague, mentor and friend by many people in the University community, and was a committed advocate for the support of women students as they pursue their doctoral degrees.

The Susan Lipschutz Fund recognizes and supports promising women scholars. Margaret Ayers Host received a Rackham degree in 1942. She studied at Oxford, was President of the Alumni Association, Chair of the Alumnae Council, member of the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics, and a member of the Rackham Board of Governors.

The Margaret Ayers Host Award was established to honor her remarkable contributions as a woman scholar and to the University of Michigan community. Ella Smith Avery made a gift to the University of Michigan in 1938 in order to honor the memory of her mother and to support women graduate students. According to the terms of the gift, the Anna Olcott Smith Fellowship Endowment is intended to aid women graduate students who show "promise of the development of useful original ideas."

All awards will be made from one pool of nominated candidates. SEAS may nominate only one woman for the combined competition. Women graduate students actively pursuing a doctoral degree in any Rackham program, and who will have achieved candidacy by 12 January 2018 are eligible to be nominated. Students may only receive this award one time.

SEAS Application Process: Students interested in being nominated must email the following items, combined into a single PDF attachment, to no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, November 20, 2017. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in conjunction with the SEAS Scholarship Committee, will determine which student's nomination will be forwarded to Rackham. Once that decision has been made, applicants will be notified of their status. A formal faculty recommendation letter and draft text for the department statement, which will be due to by 2 January, is required for the student whose materials will be forwarded to Rackham.

  • Student's statement (1,500 words maximum) which must address their:
    • research
    • future goals
    • contributions to their community and the university
  • Current CV/resume
  • Arrange for a faculty member to support your request by sending a nomination statement (1,500 word maximum) by 9:00 AM on Monday, November 20, 2017 to describing why you would be appropriate for nomination, including a description of your achievements, sense of social responsibility, and interest in the success of women in the academic community. 
Funding type: 
Application deadline: 
November 20, 2017
Deadline time (if not 11:59 p.m. EST): 
9 a.m.
Key eligibility criteria: 
PhD candidate
Last updated: 
October 2, 2017