Program Factsheet (PDF)

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. The cohort begins in January and concludes in December of the same year. 

Contact Your School/College Administrator
Students must be nominated by their school or college by mid-October. Interested students are encouraged to contact their school/college graduate advisor or administrator.

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.

Interdisciplinary Sustainability Project
For the project requirement, (a major focus of the Masters Fellows Program) fellows form interdisciplinary teams (4-6 fellows each) to produce a suite of innovative recommendations, toolkit or other products for a client or community external to the University of Michigan. Fellows are encouraged to develop a comprehensive stance or an analysis of options on a particular sustainability challenge, or a comparable deliverable approved in advance by the program manager and director. Past projects have addressed significant challenges in Michigan (Detroit, Benton Harbor), regionally (Great Lakes) or globally (Brazil, Africa, India).

Make Time

  • Each Masters Fellow spends a minimum of 150 hours on an interdisciplinary, collaborative project.
  • January 11, 2020 - Full-day Retreat: Both Masters and Doctoral cohorts will participate in a welcome to the program, networking, and discussion, and learn about program expectations.
  • Monday Evenings (5:30 - 7:30 PM): Hold open this time for skill sessions, cohort networking, meetings with project teams, and consultants.
  • Early December - Full-day Symposium: Masters and Doctoral cohorts will present to an audience of colleagues, partners, and program supporters.

Have A Good Project Idea?
Nominees may wish to draft a sustainability project idea and speak to a client/project sponsor willing to dedicate time and resources to a fellows team. Fellows will review and rate a suite of possible project options and form teams in early January to begin engaging a client/community and U-M project advisor. All projects must secure a client by early January in order to be considered.

Get Credit for Your Project Work
Fellows may earn independent study credit in their home unit for project work completed through the program. Talk with your schools/college academic advisor, and provide a copy of the interdisciplinary project scope of work (activities, goals, outcomes) to match degree requirements to the Dow Fellows Program, if feasible. Advisors may contact the Dow Fellows 
program manager or director for additional information.

Project Examples
See the Dow Global Impact Series

See the 2020 Call for Nominations. Interested students are encouraged to contact their school/college graduate advisor or an administrator in early-September to be nominated.