Academic Requirements & Eligibility

Program Requirements

Currently, all Scholars are required to participate in co-curricular activities and complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of coursework (core courses) and a field-based experience

  • A one-credit seminar (UC 327), Thinking for Sustainability, to be taken in the first fall semester following acceptance into the program., which is offered Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm.
  • A one-credit seminar (UC 427), Leadership Development for Sustainability, to be taken in the second fall semester of program participation.
  • A four-credit Practicum Course (ENVIRON/RCIDIV 391), Sustainability and the Campus, to be taken the winter semester. See additional details about this course, including links to projects: Sustainability and the Campus

In addition to the Core Course requirements above, Scholars are required to complete a field-based experience.

  • Election of a three-credit (or more) program-approved field-based sustainability course or an acceptable alternative, which may include an appropriate course within or outside of U-M, or an independent study experience.

Note: Alternatives to pre-approved courses require approval from the Program Director.

Financial 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). Notes: (1) Indirect expenses (e.g., gear/equipment/supplies and anything involving individual preferences not directly attributable to the course/experience) are ineligible for funding; (2) if all program requirements are not completed, any funds disbursed must be returned to the Graham Institute. 

  • To request funds please include a budget for all expenses (see above) and course details. Email this request to Your request must include details for a field-based course, including the title of the course, number of credits (must be a minimum of 3), and a link to additional course details (name of the instructor, location, and timeframe for travel).
  • Complete the following form within 30 days of completing your field-based course: Graham Undergraduate Scholars - Field-based Experience Form

Supplemental Studies Program

Undergraduate supplemental studies can provide opportunities for students to develop additional experience and skills to complement their major(s) or minor(s). Electing to earn supplemental studies is optional. The Graham Institute will provide documentation of the Sustainability Scholars program completion for all students who successfully fulfill the requirements, as long as supplemental studies notations are allowable.

Current Transcript Notation Policy

Completion of the Sustainability Scholars program may be entered as a supplemental studies program on the academic transcript of students who are enrolled in the following schools or colleges: Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Stamps School of Art & Design, Ross School of Business (Ross), College of Engineering, College of Literature, Science & the Arts (LS&A), and Ford School of Public Policy. Note: The ability to obtain a supplemental studies notation through the School of Public Health is yet to be determined.

LS&A Policies

  • LS&A students who complete a Sustainability Minor through the Program in the Environment may NOT have both the Sustainability Minor and the Sustainability Scholars Program listed on their transcripts. However, these students may still fully participate in the program.
  • Per LS&A policy on supplemental studies programs, LS&A students who want the program designation to appear on their transcripts may not share any courses used toward the program with any other LS&A major or minor. However, LS&A students who choose not to have the Scholars Program designation appear on their transcripts may still participate fully in the Program if they complete all requirements.
  • Per LS&A policy, any Scholar Program participant receiving approval for substitutions or exceptions to Program requirements cannot receive a transcript notation for Program completion. However, Program participants who complete all requirements (including those with approved substitutions and exceptions) will be considered Program alumni in good standing by the Graham Institute and can acknowledge participation in and completion of the Program on their resume/CV.

If not pursuing a supplemental studies transcript notation, substitutions or exceptions to the requirements may be approved by sending a petition to the Program Director.


  • Undergraduate students in all U-M academic units are eligible to apply.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, including Fall 2017 grades. Anyone with a GPA below 3.0 will not be considered and should not apply.
  • Students must be either in their second-year (having completed three (3) full semesters at U-M by January 2018) or, in the case of transfer or non-traditional/junior students, be on track to graduate no earlier than December 2019.
  • Students must be on the Ann Arbor campus in good standing during their scholarship.
  • Students must successfully complete all program elements (including passing grades in all courses) to be eligible to receive funding for field-based experiences, and recognition on their transcripts.