Graham Sustainability Institute

Graham Scholars 2018 Application Submission

The 2018 Applications Are Closed

Undergraduate sophomores: Please consider applying in 2019. See the timeline below.

Application Timeline


  • Look for the Annual Call for Applications in early January.


  • Applications are due mid-February and must be submitted online.
  • Students should notify their reference letter writers well in advance of submitting their application.
  • Letters of reference are due shortly after student applications are received, are confidential and are submitted separately from applications.


  • Approximately 25 applicants will be selected each year and will be announced mid-March.
  • Participation will begin upon selection and will continue until the completion of undergraduate studies.

Key Information

Required Application Materials

  • Two personal statements
  • A short essay
  • Two recommendations (one from a U-M instructor)
  • A resume and a transcript (including Fall 2017 grades)
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended. Anyone with a GPA below 3.0 will not be considered

Submit a Compiled Document: Items 1-5 below should be uploaded as a single PDF file by the applicant

  1. First Statement: No more than 250 words, describing how this program would complement or enhance your studies and professional goals, and how your acceptance would contribute to the program. want to know what excites your curiosity about sustainability.
  2. Second Statement: Please describe in 250 words or less a project that would answer a sustainability question that intrigues and inspires you.
  3. Critical Thinking Essay: Consider the following question in 250 words or less: “In what ways does fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community affect pathways to sustainability?”
  4. Transcripts: Include of all undergraduate coursework and your Fall 2017 grades. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  5. Resume: A brief resume or curriculum vitae describing your: (a. Educational background; (b. Professional experience; (c. Major awards and honors received; (d. Membership in organizations as applicable; and (e. Outreach and volunteer efforts, especially those related to sustainability.
  • References: Names and contact information for two references. One person must be a U-M faculty member or someone who has taught the applicant at the college level. Contacts will be asked by the Graham Institute to submit confidential recommendation letters.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications;
  • Previous experience related to sustainability;
  • Personal statements and letters of recommendation, as reviewed for sustainability leadership potential; and
  • The desire for diversity and interdisciplinary balance in the cohort.

Graham Sustainability Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

At the Graham Sustainability Institute, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our mission of engaging, empowering, and supporting faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability solutions includes ensuring that each member of our community thrives. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to empowerment, and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning, and leadership, see