In addition to the required Core Courses (see Academic Requirements), scholars participate in a variety of dynamic field-based experiences throughout the nation and world. Click on the pins on the map to see where some Sustainability Scholars have traveled for their field-based experience.
"This course was extremely awesome to get a very realistic view of how making an impact in sustainability would look in a career. In today's society, there needs to be a business case to get any widespread sustainable changes made. It was also really cool getting to see how companies are handling sustainability and whether or not they are truly living up to this image they portray." — Graham Scholar
Scholars choose among U-M programs, other approved organizations, and unique independent study projects. All Sustainability Scholars have the opportunity to explore their own personal interests in sustainability locally and globally.
Participants receive up to $3,500 for their field-based experience course or independent study (administered as a financial credit in the student's account). Funds may be applied to course fees or related direct expenses (e.g., travel, food, and lodging) for one or more of the approved courses. Or, Scholars may contact the Graham Institute education program leaders (email: email@example.com) to confirm that their proposed course fulfills this requirement through an alternative off-site, field-based experience.
Field-based Course Support
Scholars can petition to access up to $3,500 for direct expenses related to field-based courses. This includes course fees, related direct travel expenses (e.g., food, lodging, airfare, ground transportation, lab fees) and/or tuition (for spring or summer courses only).
- Indirect expenses (e.g., gear/equipment/supplies and anything involving individual preferences not directly attributable to the course/experience) are ineligible for funding.
- If all program requirements are not completed, any funds disbursed must be returned to the Graham Institute.
Travel Abroad - Requirements
If you will be traveling outside the U.S., see the U-M travel abroad guidelines. Before you request funding for your field-based travel from the Graham Institute, you must register your travel with U-M, prior to departure.
- See How to Use the U-M Travel Registry
- Emergency Communications: Your travel registration enables the U-M to reach you in the event of an emergency – abroad or at home
- U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance: The travel registry provides access to U-M approved travel abroad health insurance.
- Note: Failure to register with the U-M travel registry may result in rescinding the funding for your course.
Request Approval & Funds
To request funds and receive course approval, complete the Graham Scholars Funding Request Form.
- Indicate the specific course on the form and provide as much detail as possible, including links to a course description.
- If traveling abroad, you will be required to confirm that you have registered your travel with U-M before requesting funds.
After Field-based Course Completion
- Complete and submit the Graham Undergraduate Scholars - Field-based Experience Form
- Tell us about your experience and confirm the final costs
Field-Based Course Requirements & Options
All experiences must be sustainability-focused, field-based, and interdisciplinary, and be three (3) credits. Graham Scholars receive priority access to many courses, which are pre-approved.
- See the U-M Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) - Environmental Portfolio of Pre-Approved Courses
- CGIS course offerings include New Zealand, Tanzania, Turks and Caicos, Thailand, Costa Rica, Ireland, and more.
- Other U-M course options include EEB 445: Ethnobotany, U-M Biological Station (Pellston, MI) and Earth 344, Camp Davis (Jackson Hole, Wyoming).
- Check the U-M course schedule for specific offerings.
Additional Course Options:
- EARTH 344/ENVIRON 344: Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options and Consequences (3)
- STRAT 320, 002: Sustainable Business in Latin America (3)
- HISTORY 328: Doing Environmental History in Japan (3); Or HISTORY 352/392: Topics in Asian History: Green Archipelago/Toxic Archipelago (3); WITH field component (2)
- EcoQuest: Applied Field Studies in New Zealand (credits vary)
- Appropriate GIEU (LS&A Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) courses (offerings change annually)
- Register for a course offered through another institution - check with a U-M academic advisor on transfer credit
- Work with a U-M faculty member on an Independent Study (signed approval from faculty and a specific course plan is required)
- ADABRD 311/391: Eco Explorers (Gabon)
- Conservation & Development in Cultural Landscapes (Kenya)
- EARTH 344/ENVIRON 344: Sustainable and Fossil Energy, Options & Consequences (Camp Davis, Wyoming)
- EEB 445: Ethnobotany, U-M Biological Station (Pellston, MI)
- EcoExplorers (Tanzania)
- Ecological Design Approaches to Brownfield Redevelopment (Connecticut)
- EcoQuest: Applied Field Studies and Ecology in Action (New Zealand)
- Environmental History - GCC - Global Course Connections (Tokyo, Japan)
- Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography (Northern Michigan)
- Food, Land, and Society - GCC - Global Course Connections in Ann Arbor (Havana, Cuba)
- GIEU: Sustainable Nourishment: Harmandar Sahib Langar (India)
- GIEU: Weaving Way of Life (Cusco, Peru)
- HISTORY 392/ENVST 468 and CJS 281: Doing Environmental History (Japan)
- Maternal/Child Health, the Environment, and Pollution in Africa (Ghana)
- Sustainable & Fossil Energy: Options & Consequences (Wyoming)
- Sustainable Business in Latin America (Costa Rica)
- Sustainable Energy Development in South America (Chile)
- Sustainable Neighborhoods: Experiential Learning & Active Engagement (Detroit, MI)
- Sustainable Urban Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Chicago, IL)
- Toward a New Sustainable Environment in Light of the Changing Face of Rural and Urban China (Beijing)
- UC 270 and UC 370: GCC India - Addressing Critical Global Issues (India)