Program Factsheet (PDF)Collaborative student teams manage high-impact projects supported through the Dow Distinguished Awards Competition. Open to undergraduate and graduate students across the University of Michigan, this competition for applied sustainability projects fosters sustainability at the local, national, or global level. Supported by the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, teams have the opportunity to compete for up to $50,000.
Beyond the Campus
The Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition supports student-led projects that focus on compelling and practical efforts. Distinguished Award projects focus on sustainability challenges external to the University. (See Planet Blue support for campus projects below.)
Call for Proposals/Applications - Changing for 2020 and beyond
A Call for Proposals (applications) for Large Grants only will be released late summer, 2020.
Project proposals should be student-led, faculty advised, and action-oriented, outlining a new product, service, or project that seeks to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. Student teams identify/secure a client or organization as a project sponsor, develop a needs assessment, scope of work and timeline of activities and deliverables. Project proposals in partnership with external organizations are welcome. Active engagement with communities and organizations is encouraged.
All teams competing for a Large Grant will present at the Dow Fellows Symposium (early December). Teams awarded funds will be required to engage in skill sessions with the Dow Masters Fellows cohort. Sessions will focus on project management and community engagement.
Seed Grants are discontinued.
Sustainability: The University of Michigan defines sustainability as a solutions-driven scholarship and practice that seeks to safeguard the planet's life-support systems and enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. The field is defined by the problems it addresses rather than the disciplines it employs. It draws from multiple disciplines of the natural, social, engineering, design, and health sciences; from the professions and humanities; and from practical field experience in business, government, and civil society.
Planet Blue Funding for Campus Projects
Competitive funding to support student-led projects focused on U-M campus sustainability is available through the Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund.