Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

College of Engineering Dow Sustainability Master’s Fellowship – Call for Applications (2023 Fellowship)

This fellowship program is for terminal and professional degree master’s students with an interest in the practical application of energy efficiency, climate, waste reduction, and related topics.

Interdisciplinary Sustainability Project: A major focus of the Dow Fellows Program is working with interdisciplinary teams to produce a suite of innovative recommendations, toolkits, or other products for a client or community external to the University of Michigan. Fellows are encouraged to develop a comprehensive stance or an analysis of options on a particular sustainability challenge, or a comparable deliverable approved in advance by the program manager and director. Past projects have addressed significant challenges in Michigan (Detroit, Benton Harbor, Saginaw, Upper Peninsula), regionally (Great Lakes) or globally (Brazil, Africa, India, Costa Rica).

Program Focus, 2021-2023: Circular Economy and Climate Protection. The intersection of a circular economy and climate involves managing resources — including air, land, water — and the production of physical products, by reducing or eliminating waste and working toward carbon neutrality. Climate Protection includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction, carbon neutrality planning, and more.

College of Engineering Fellowship Application Deadline: 1:00pm EST, Thursday, October 13, 2022

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time graduate students pursuing terminal master’s and other professional degrees at U-M Ann Arbor campus are eligible for nomination by their school/college.
  • A student is eligible for participation in only one (year-long) cohort of the Dow Sustainability Masters Program.
  • Fellows must reside in the Ann Arbor area for the duration of the program, except for the summer.
  • Dow Fellows may NOT be employed as a GSI (Graduate Student Instructor) or GSRA (Graduate Student Research Assistant) during their participation as a Dow Fellow, due to conflicts with scheduling and other issues. 

Selection Criteria: 

  • The degree to which the student understands and supports sustainability, the circular economy, and climate protection concepts and issues based on their prior record and future goals
  • The applicant’s leadership potential, ability, and interest in working across disciplines, in addition to prior experiences in leadership and interdisciplinary work
  • Leadership, productivity, and quality of the applicant’s prior work and experiences
  • Experience and interest in the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion and sustainability
  • The extent to which participation in the Dow Fellows Program will be a transformative, as opposed to an incremental, learning experience

The College will review applications and submit up to 10 candidates to the Graham Institute by their fall deadline (10/27/22). Nominated students will then be contacted by the institute to submit materials by their respective deadlines:

  • Complete and submit formal Graham Institute application package 
  • Letters of reference submitted on behalf of the nominated student are due

Application Process (required materials for fellowship consideration):

  • Submit this online fellowship application form.
  • Office of Graduate and Professional Education may obtain your U-M Graduate School Admissions Application for consideration as part of their review and final selection process.

 Award and Responsibilities:

  • This fellowship offers a $20,000 financial award ($10,000 for the Winter 2023 term and $10,000 for the Fall 2023 term) contingent upon satisfactory participation in the program.
  • Visit the Dow Sustainability website for fellow responsibilities and requirements at: