Application Review and Selection Process

Application Review and Selection Process

Dow Fellows Application Review Committee

All schools or colleges submitting nominations (maximum of 10 nominees per school/college) must also identify up to 3 reviewers (faculty, research scientists, or doctoral degree-level (non-tenure track) staff with sustainability expertise) and submit their full contact information at the same time as you submit your student nominees, via the online form.

Students: Please contact your school or college about the nomination process (unique to each school). All students must be nominated. Once nominated, students receive an email with a link to the full application.

Administrators: Contact the Dow Fellows Program for details,

  • Schools/colleges nominating between 1-3 nominees: Please identify one-two reviewers.
  • Schools/colleges nominating between 4-6 nominees: Please identify two-three reviewers.
  • Schools/colleges nominating between 7-10 nominees: Please identify three-four reviewers.

A vetted pool of reviewers will help to ensure that we have a minimum of three faculty/doctoral-level sustainability experts reviewing each nominee’s application package, in the event of sabbaticals, illness, etc. Administrators must seek permission from each reviewer and provide information about the review process, before submitting reviewer names to the Graham Institute. The Graham Institute administers the nomination and review process for the Dow Fellows Program.


  • Cannot be the same individual who currently represents the school/college on the Graham Sustainability Institute Executive Committee (EC).
  • Must recuse themselves from reviewing applications submitted by students with whom they work, wrote a recommendation letter, or in any other case where there may be a conflict of interest in reviewing student fellowship applications.

Please Note:

  • Those who have not completed their reviews by the deadline will delay both the notification to students and the funding transfer process to the schools and colleges.

Fellows Selection

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the student understands and supports sustainability, the circular economy, and climate protection concepts and issues based on their prior record and future goals
  2. The applicant’s leadership potential, ability, and interest in working across disciplines, in addition to prior experiences in leadership and interdisciplinary work
  3. Leadership, productivity, and quality of the applicant's prior work and experiences
  4. Experience and interest in the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion and sustainability 
  5. The extent to which participation in the Dow Fellows Program will be a transformative, as opposed to an incremental, learning experience

Dow Fellows Program leaders will use the independent review data from nominating schools and colleges as the primary basis for the selection of Dow Fellows. Per program goals, disciplinary balance will also be considered in determining the makeup of the final cohort.