Program Requirements and Guidelines

The appointment of Dow Master’s and Professional Fellows is for 12 months (January-December).


Each Master’s and Professional Fellow receives up to $20,000, contingent upon satisfactory participation in the program. Award disbursement:

  • One $10,000 payment is disbursed to academic units prior to the start of the winter and fall academic terms for posting to student accounts.
  • These awards are intended to offset tuition and registration fees. Please note: Fellows should notify their financial aid office in their home unit as soon as they are selected that they wish to use their Dow Fellows award for tuition and registration fees at the start of the winter term.
  • A fellow who would like to use the funds for any other purpose should consult with the financial aid office in their home unit to determine if payments can be posted as “refundable,” which may have federal and state tax implications for the fellow.

Additional Support:

Unexpended Funds: Unexpended funds remain the property of the Dow Fellows Program. The University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute administers and supports the Dow Doctoral Fellows program.

Requirements and Responsibilities

All Dow Master’s and Professional Fellows Must:

  1. Reside in the Ann Arbor area for the duration of the academic year during the fellowship period (May-August excluded). Reasonable absences for field work may be allowed but must be disclosed to and approved by the Dow Fellowship Program Director in advance. Awards may be revoked if the fellow fails to fully disclose and seek approval for field work absences.
  2. Be enrolled and in good standing in a U-M – Ann Arbor terminal masters or professional degree program throughout their fellowship appointment.
  3. Actively participate in program workshops/seminars/other events that occur throughout the year, a mentoring activity, and at least two additional co-curricular offerings from the program. Fellows who are unable to attend a required workshop/seminar for any reason must notify the Dow Fellowship Program Staff in advance.
  4. Participate in team formation activities and form interdisciplinary teams (4-6 fellows each) to develop and execute a project, for a client, including creating a comprehensive stance or analysis of options around a challenge of the team’s choosing within the following six areas: sustainable food systems, cities, infrastructure, mobility, consumption, and energy systems. Project outputs will include but not be limited to a report, summary and an oral presentation of project outcomes at the conclusion of the project. Other outputs include videos, infographics, and photo essays. Teams will also present at the annual Dow Sustainability Fellows Program Symposium. Individual fellows are encouraged to work with their home schools or colleges and explore opportunities aligning their project outcomes with their degree requirements.
  5. Abide by all applicable U-M policies (e.g., Academic Integrity, Conflict of Interest/Commitment Procurement and Expenses, and Research with Human Participants), including any non-academic codes and policies of their respective units and the academic integrity policy of the Program for the entirety of their engagement in the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, all fellows. Failure to adhere to these policies may result in revocation of their fellowship.