Master’s & Professional Fellowship

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 an 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.

Sustainability Project
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.

Project Examples
See the Dow Global Impact Series

The 2019 Call for Nominations is closed.  Interested students are encouraged to contact their school/college graduate advisor or an administrator in early-September to be nominated.