All schools or colleges submitting nominations must also identify one faculty member with sustainability-related expertise to serve on the application review panel. This cannot be the same individual who currently represents the school or college on the Graham Sustainability Institute Executive Committee (EC). Reviewers must recuse themselves from reviewing applications submitted by students with whom they work, wrote a recommendation letter, or in any other case where there may be a conflict of interest in reviewing student fellowship applications.
Applications are independently reviewed by a faculty committee composed of representatives from all nominating schools and colleges. Applications will be rated according to the following criteria:
- Degree to which work or interests are relevant to sustainability
- Interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of work and professional interests
- Leadership, productivity, and quality of applicant's prior work and experiences
- Interdisciplinary balance and diverse perspectives in the cohort
- Extent to which program participation will be a transformative, as opposed to incremental, learning experience
Dow Fellows Program leaders will use independent reviews as the primary basis for selection. Per program goals, disciplinary balance will also be considered in determining the makeup of the final cohort, which includes a goal of 30% of the total awardees either currently enrolled in the College of Engineering or possessing an undergraduate degree in engineering.