Application Deadlines and Procedures

Each school or college utilizes its own process for identifying up to 10 students who are eligible, interested in, and competitive for nomination to the Dow Master’s and Professional degree program.

Key Deadlines & Dates to Hold

  • October 29, 2019, 4:00 PM: Schools and colleges nominate up to 10 eligible, interested and competitive candidate students submitted by school or college via email to Dow Fellows Program at
  • October 30, 2019: Each school or college should notify their student nominees of their nomination
  • November 1, 2019, 4:00 PM: Nominees contact all references to remind them of the Nov. 13 letter of reference deadline
  • November 6, 2019, 4:00 PM: Nominated students complete and submit their application packages and may edit their application until November 6th
  • November 13, 2019, 4:00 PM: Letters of reference submitted on behalf of the nominated student
  • December 5, 2019, 4:00 PM: Faculty Committee completes their review of candidates and makes recommendations to the Program Director for approximately 34 awardees
  • Mid-December: Notification of Dow Fellows and a formal announcement

Dates to Hold

  • January 11, 2020 - Full-day Retreat: Both Masters and Doctoral Fellows cohorts will participate in networking and sustainability discussions, and learn about program expectations.
  • Monday Evenings, 5:30 - 7:30 PM - throughout winter and fall semesters: Hold open this time for skill sessions, cohort networking, meetings with project teams, and consultants.

Required Application Materials

Nominees will be contacted by the Dow Fellows Program staff and provided a link to submit application materials online. Letters of reference must be submitted online.

All application materials must be submitted online as a single PDF file (typed and legible copy) with the following:

  1. A statement of educational goals and planned post-graduate studies or work of no more than 800-words written by the student, that describe:
    1. The student’s field of study and career aspirations and how they relate to sustainability (approximately 200 words).
    2. How participation in the Dow Fellows program will be a transformative, as opposed to the incremental, learning experience (approximately 200 words).
    3. A challenge or opportunity related to an area of work and articulate how it relates to sustainability and would benefit from interdisciplinary approaches (approximately 400 words).
  2. A short, critical thinking essay (no more than 500 words) answering the following question: “In what ways does fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community affect pathways to sustainability?”
  3. A brief curriculum vitae (CV) describing the students:
    1. Educational background
    2. Relevant work experience
    3. Major awards and honors received
    4. Membership in professional organizations (if applicable)
    5. Complete list of publications and presentations (if applicable)
    6. Service to the community and/or other extra-curricular activities
  4. Transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate coursework. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, but they must be legible.
  • November 1, 2019: Nominees are strongly encouraged to contact their references as soon as possible to encourage the prompt submission of their letters on or before November 13, 2018, 4:00 PM. Those writing a letter of reference should submit a letter online commenting on the applicant's work, scholarly and leadership potential and communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.  

NOTE: All applications will be handled confidentially.