Master’s & Professional Fellowship


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The Dow Masters Fellows Program 

This cohort includes full-time graduate students who pursue professional degrees at U-M – Ann Arbor campus and is open to students from all disciplines/schools/colleges (e.g., architecture, art/design, business, engineering, environment/sustainability, law, medicine, policy, public health, 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 and are encouraged to contact their school/college graduate advisor or an administrator.

In addition to receiving a $20K stipend ($10K per semester), each graduate fellow participates in collaborative engagement activities and a substantial interdisciplinary team project (the focus for the year). Co-curricular programming consists of monthly seminars and workshops involving professional development in project management, community engagement, communications and more. To meet program requirements and be eligible for funding, fellows must participate fully in the interdisciplinary project and co-curricular events/seminars.

Interdisciplinary Sustainability Project
For the project requirement, (a major focus of the Dow Fellows Program) interdisciplinary teams (4-5 fellows each team) produce a suite of innovative recommendations, toolkits 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, Saginaw, Upper Peninsula), regionally (Great Lakes) or globally (Brazil, Africa, India, Costa Rica).

Make Time

  • Each Masters Fellow spends a minimum of 150 hours on an interdisciplinary, collaborative project.
  • Early January - 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 (5:15 - 7:30 PM): Hold open this time for seminars, cohort networking, meetings with project teams, and consultants.
  • Early December - Full-day Dow Symposium: Project teams will present to an audience of colleagues, partners, and program supporters.

Have A Good Project Idea?
Nominees may wish to submit 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. Note: All project teams 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

The 2020 Call for Nominations is closed. Interested students are encouraged to contact their school/college graduate advisor or an administrator in early-September 2020 to be nominated for the 2021 Dow Fellows cohort. The timeline for 2021 nominations and application details will be posted in late-August 2020.