Eligibility, Selection, Timeline, and Award

  1. Eligibility
    1. Doctoral students actively pursuing interdisciplinary research addressing critical sustainability challenges in any U-M department, interdisciplinary program, school or college with an approved doctoral program.
    2. Applicants must be endorsed by their primary U-M faculty advisor and each faculty member may endorse only one doctoral student advisee per year.
    3. Upon commencement of the fellowship in January, an applicant must:
      1. Have completed at least two semesters of graduate-level coursework at U-M towards earning the doctoral degree; and
      2. Have at least pre-candidate status.
    4. Fellows are required to be “in residence” in the Ann Arbor area during the winter and fall terms during the fellowship period. Brief periods of off-campus fieldwork will be permitted with pre-approval from the Program Director.
    5. Applicants cannot hold appointments with work obligations at other academic institutions during the fellowship period.
    6. Students with funding already in place from other sources are eligible for a Dow Doctoral Fellowship.
    7. Each student is eligible for only one Dow Doctoral Fellowship award.
  2. Selection Criteria
    Applications will go through a formal review process and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    1. Clear articulation (for a diverse audience) of how the candidate’s work addresses critical sustainability challenges
    2. The degree to which the work is applied and engaged
    3. An interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research
    4. Demonstrated record of accomplishments (evidenced by CV and transcripts)
    5. Disciplinary balance across the cohort
  3. Appointment Period
    1. The appointment term will be effective from January 1 - December 31 or a full calendar year.
    2. Fellows are encouraged to remain involved with the program throughout their time at U-M and beyond, including joining the U-M Linked In Group.
  4. Award Details
    1. The Dow Doctoral Fellowship provides up to $15,000 to help support the fellow’s research during the fellowship period and may be used to cover tuition, registration fees, stipends, health insurance, and research-related expenses.
    2. Awards are funded through a combination of support from the Dow Fellows program and the fellow’s home school/college.
    3. Awards are administered by the fellow’s home school/college.
    4. Fellows completing their doctoral degree prior to the end of the fellowship period (December) will have their Dow support reduced on a prorated basis, in accordance with comparable Rackham policies. Unexpended funds remain the property of the Dow Fellows Program and the contributing school/college.
  5. Faculty Advisor Responsibilities
    1. Advisors agree to serve as a reviewer for the following year’s Doctoral Fellowship review process and will find a suitable replacement if they are unable to participate in the review.
    2. Advisors are encouraged to participate in fellowship activities.