Dow Sustainability Fellows Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Request for Proposals

Established through a gift from the Dow Chemical Company, the Dow Postdoctoral Sustainability Fellows Program is administered by the Graham Sustainability Institute to support full-time postdoctoral scholars committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions . These fellowships support a new generation of sustainability scholars who understand the necessity of collaborating across disciplines and sectors to address complex sustainability challenges. Fellowships are funded through a mix of support from the Dow program and U-M units.

The program seeks candidates working on sustainability issues at the interface of the social sciences/humanities and natural/physical/engineering sciences.

Requirements and Guidelines

Eligibility: We are accepting applications from qualified candidates who received their Ph.D. or comparable professional or artistic degree within four years of the fellowship start date (i.e., between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2015). In rare circumstances, this timeframe can be relaxed, but you must consult with the program ( before applying if your degree was awarded before September 1, 2011. Non-US citizens may apply.


Application deadline: November 17, 2014

All application materials, except the two letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the candidate online. See the RFP (PDF) for more information about the program and application process.

Note that the Intent to Apply form must be submitted before the application form can be accessed. The information required on this form includes the names and contact information for the two letter writers. The Intent to Reply form triggers an automatic email message to letter writers. It is important to submit Intent to Apply forms as early as possible to allow letter writers sufficient time.

The Intent to Apply form can be accessed here:

A link to the full application form will be sent via email once the Intent to Apply form is completed and submitted.

Application materials include:

  • Career goal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal
  • Names and contact information of two recommenders