RISE Fellowship Application

Overview, Dates & Requirements

RISE is sponsoring an 18-month Fellowship that will provide support for those who wish to develop and implement novel ideas in education, and also develop themselves as innovators. All faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School are eligible.

The RISE Fellowship is an 18-month fellowship aimed at promoting translational education within Michigan Medicine. RISE Fellows receive 0.25 effort and up to $7,500 to develop and implement a translational education project. Fellows also receive coaching and participate in our newly designed development program to learn about innovation strategies, translational education and pedagogical principles.

Translational Education Project: RISE focuses on translational medical education, which means using education practices and interventions by (T1) transferring knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other attributes from the education environment into the clinical setting to (T2) improve health care practices, and (T3) impacting health outcomes. Each Fellow must submit a description of a translational medical education project that will address an existing major health problem. Fellows will be expected to develop and implement their education project.

RISE invites ALL ideas for medical or graduate education innovation that have the potential to advance science, health, and healthcare delivery. RISE is interested in supporting innovative ideas and projects in education that have the potential to transform the way we learn and train. Based on extensive input from our community, Initial priorities during this pilot phase include ideas that will:

1. facilitate learner creativity and scientific problem-solving;
2. support transitions along the continuum (e.g., pre-candidate to candidate; medical school to residency, etc.)
3. coordinate learning systems and clinical/scientific data across the continuum
4. address key health issues currently facing society, such as:

  • Health care access (including costs, delivery, or disparities)
  • High-prevalence health conditions (including obesity, mental health, & chronic pain)
  • Preventative health care (including vaccinations & ecological issues)

Support: Fellows will receive 0.25 FTE for 18 months and a maximum award of $7,500 to assist in the completion of their project. As part of the 0.25 FTE, the Fellow will be required to participate in our innovation development program (approximately 2 hours/week October 2019-March 2021), cohort sessions, and receive feedback on the project at the annual RISE Innovation Symposium in May 2020. Fellows will identify a mentor and other key individuals to be part of their project team. They will also be paired with an innovation coach to help facilitate their project.


The RISE Fellowship Application is now closed.

"Innovation requires a movement, a culture and a means. RISE will provide a platform for all three; connecting people with different perspectives, skills and ideas towards a new community of educational practice."

Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar, Executive Director, RISE

"I often think about who will lead the next big breakthrough, and what innovations will further distinguish our Medical School as a world leader in education, research and clinical care. The answer could very well be you — our talented faculty, staff and learners."

Carol R. Bradford, MD, Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

"A better healthcare system and the pipe-line for discovery is dependent on our ability to transform how we educate scientists and providers. Great research institutions such as ours must elevate the importance of innovation and avoid becoming confined by legacy and the ways of the past."

Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives
Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education
Professor of Internal Medicine