Graham Sustainability Institute

Carbon Neutrality

Key Facts

  • The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan (U-M) was established in 2013 and supported through the generosity of the Dow Company and the Dow Company Foundation (see about)
  • Phase III of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program (2021-2023) supports up to 34 graduate/professional students across the U-M Ann Arbor campus
  • One key element of the program is the commitment to interdisciplinary work, including teams, and actively seeking perspectives across academic disciplines
  • Another key element is the focus on a year-long partnership with a client/organization external to U-M
  • The Graham Sustainability Institute at U-M helped establish and continues to administer the Dow Fellows Program since the program inception

Annual Fellows Cohort

  • Open to 34 graduate (masters/professional) students who are nominated and competitively selected from across all Ann Arbor-campus schools and colleges
  • $20K stipend per participant to support tuition costs
  • Interdisciplinary team projects, led by Dow Fellows, with external partners
  • Professional skill-building in project management, client and community engagement, collaboration, consulting with Dow professionals bringing value to both students and Dow
  • Networking: Annual Retreat, Dow Fellows Symposium, and opportunities for Fellows to engage in sharing innovative ideas with thought-leaders

Distinguished Award Teams

  • Open to all U-M masters and doctoral students not participating in the Dow Fellows Program
  • $60K annually to support 1-2 teams working on high-impact, interdisciplinary, client-focused sustainability projects
  • Teams (5 max. students) submit a project proposal aligned with the Dow Fellows Program focus and compete for funding
  • Leadership training and professional development with the Dow Fellows cohort
  • Summer Internship Opportunity: Data analysis focused on metrics, measures, and impacts of the Dow Fellows Program