This component of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program includes a select group of full-time graduate students pursuing terminal master’s and other professional degrees at U-M – Ann Arbor (e.g., architecture, arts, business, engineering, environment, health, law, medicine, policy, social work, urban planning, etc). Each year, fellows are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by schools and colleges throughout U-M. Each cohort begins in January and concludes in December of the same year.
In addition to receiving a $20K stipend ($10K per semester), each master’s/professional fellow participates in collaborative engagement activities and a substantial interdisciplinary team project. Co-curricular programming consists of monthly seminars and workshops involving a diverse array of sustainability practitioners in addition to other activities. To meet program requirements and be eligible for funding, fellows must participate in these co-curricular offerings.
For the project requirement, master’s fellows form interdisciplinary teams (4-6 fellows each) to draft a persuasive report for a client or community. Fellows are encouraged to develop a comprehensive stance or an analysis of options on a particular sustainability challenge of the team’s choosing, or a comparable deliverable approved in advance by the program director. Past projects have addressed significant challenges in Michigan (Detroit, Benton Harbor), regionally (Great Lakes) or globally (Brazil, Africa, India).
Schools/colleges are encouraged to match degree requirements to the interdisciplinary project outcomes, if feasible. For example, a fellow could earn independent study credit in their home unit for project work completed through the program.
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The 2019 Call for Nominations is closed - look for the next call for nominations in October 2019