The Graham Sustainability Institute's co-curricular education programs foster the next generation of sustainability leaders from across the university, providing them with opportunities to tackle real-world challenges in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and external partners. The following programs are administered by the Graham Sustainability Institute:
- The Graham Scholars Program, designed to develop undergraduate sustainability leaders who reflect the diversity of communities they will serve.
- The Dow Fellows Program, focused on graduate student teams that actively engage with climate change, circular economy, and sustainability projects, examining the interconnectedness of issues and resource use.
Students in both programs receive funding, as well as leadership training and professional development. A key element of both programs is the commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, with students actively seeking perspectives across academic disciplines. Both programs work with a variety of organizations and partners in ways that support experiential learning.
In light of COVID-19, program administrators have devised creative, innovative ways to deliver these programs safely. In the 2020-2021 school year, students will experience all the program benefits, including client meetings, in remote and small group settings.
Graham Scholars Program
- Undergraduate sophomores and transfer students in all U-M academic units on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, including Fall semester grades.
- Each Graham Scholar receives $4,000 for a sustainability-focused, interdisciplinary, 3-credit field experience of their choice. Students may choose from a wide array of courses hosted in Michigan, the nation, and around the globe.
- The cohort of 50 Scholars engages in a wide variety of career-building activities and networking opportunities.
Dow Fellows Program
- Open to 34 graduate (masters/professional) students who are nominated and competitively selected from across all Ann Arbor-campus schools and colleges.
- Each Dow Fellow receives a $20K stipend.
- All Dow Fellows complete interdisciplinary team projects that address real-world challenges for external partners.
- Fellows build professional skills, including project management, client and community engagement, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and have access to Dow professionals for networking and consultation.