Application Deadlines and Procedures

Intent to Apply - Due September 10, 2018 by 11:59 pm, EST
Eligible doctoral students must submit an Intent to Apply, after securing the endorsement of their faculty advisor, online at and include the following:

  1. Student name and contact information
  2. Name of faculty advisor
  3. Name of at least one additional recommender
  4. Letter of Intent (PDF)
    The letter should include the items listed above, and a short description of how you are devoted to developing and implementing innovative ideas in pursuit of sustainability, and how you are actively pursuing interdisciplinary research addressing critical sustainability challenges in any U-M department, interdisciplinary program, school or college with an approved doctoral program.


  • Each faculty member may endorse only one doctoral student advisee per year.
  • Home units have the option to remove students from consideration at any time during the application process.

Full Application - Due October 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm, EST
Eligible doctoral students who have submitted a Letter of Intent by the deadline must submit all required fellowship application materials online using the link emailed to them with their Letter of Intent submission confirmation email.

Applicants must submit their full application as a single PDF file that includes a research statement, critical thinking essay, CV and transcripts in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. The research statement, limited to 1,000 words, should clearly describe for a broad audience the nature of the applicant’s doctoral research, and specifically how it:
    1. addresses one or more critical sustainability challenge;
    2. is applied and engaged in the real world;
    3. is interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and collaborative;

    Note: Scholarly references are not included in the word limit.

  2. The critical thinking essay, limited to 250 words, and should answer the following question: In what ways does fostering a diverse and inclusive community affect pathways to sustainability?”
  3. The curriculum vitae should include the following information:
    1. Educational background
    2. Relevant work history
    3. Major awards and honors received
    4. Membership in professional organizations
    5. Complete list of publications and presentations (accepted, submitted, etc.)
    6. Notable outreach and engagement efforts
  4. Transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate coursework must be included. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Recommendation Letters

Due October 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm, EST
Students do not submit letters of recommendation as part of their application package. The Intent to Apply submission triggers an email request for the faculty advisor and additional recommender to submit a supporting letter on behalf of the student. Recommenders will be asked to explain why the student is a strong candidate for the Fellowship. In addition to commenting on the research productivity on the applicant, reviewers will also be asked about the applicant’s communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

All applications will be handled confidentially.


The Graham Sustainability Institute administers the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program.