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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Any graduate student attending an accredited institution within the state of Michigan is eligible to apply.

Unfortunately no, only current graduate students are eligible for the CLC Fellowship. You must have completed at least one term and have at least one term left of graduate school by the Fellowship's start date.

While you will be responsible for your own project during the Fellowship, we encourage you to collaborate with your cohort! Many projects are related and lend themselves to collaboration. Additionally, all Fellows will be based at the Graham Sustainability Institute and will frequently interact with each other, as well as other students with appointments at Graham.

During week 1 of the CLC Fellowship, you will receive $1,500 to spend at your discretion for help with housing, transportation, and living expenses (in addition to your $6,000 salary). Where you live is completely up to you, but we encourage you to live locally to make commuting and collaboration as easy as possible. Check out the Off-Campus Housing Website for rental information. The Summer Institute also has great housing information for their students that may be applicable to you. If you are a current University of Michigan student, feel free to share advice with the cohort!

Transportation is completely up to you. If you live locally, a car may not be necessary as you will receive an Mcard for the summer which acts as a bus pass. Mcards may be used on all university buses and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) buses as well, also known as The Ride. For more information, check out this Campus Information page on Buses. If you would prefer to have a car and need a place to park, check out the university’s Permit Parking website.

Ann Arbor is an excellent foodie town with plenty of restaurants within walking distance of Graham. If you prefer to pack your lunch (which is what most Graham employees do), you can eat in the conference room, at your desk, or outside (check out Sonic Lunch!). Graham has a fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and reusable plates/cups/silverware. 

You will be paid $1,500 during the first week of employment, then $2,000 three separate times throughout the summer. Payment will be distributed by the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid, even if you are not a U-M student.

The University does not provide any tax forms relating to taxable income. It will be your responsibility to self-report the income. If you are a non-resident alien and your home government does not have a tax agreement on file with the US government, your paychecks will be taxed 14% instead. If you have questions, please contact the University of Michigan Payroll Service Center at 734-615-2000 (option 2, prompt 1) or 866-647-7657 (option 2, prompt 1).

Graham has desktop computers available for you to use, but you may prefer your own laptop. If so, Graham will have external monitors and adapters to make your laptop more conducive to full-time work.

  • Clothing: business casual for day-to-day work (jeans are fine), slightly more formal for the opening and closing convenings (button downs/blouses, blazers, khakis/dress pants, skirts/dresses – but be comfortable), and casual clothes for weekends and down time. Don’t forget various shoes and layers, a jacket, and hat for changing weather.
  • Any required medications, personal items, and toiletries
  • Miscellaneous items: reusable water bottle, lunch box, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfort items, recreational items (games, music, books, workout gear, etc.)
  • Work equipment – backpack, laptop, cell phone, chargers, any office or technical equipment you prefer (Graham has desktop computers, keyboards, mice, external monitors, notebooks, and general office supplies)
  • Housing items – check with your landlord what housing items you might need (towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, laundry items, etc.)

Located in southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor has a variety of housing, food, and entertainment options. Explore the Rackham Graduate School page for more information on campus services and the surrounding area. During your free time this summer, check out the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and Art Fair!