Dow Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability at the University of Michigan

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

The Dow Postdoctoral Sustainability Fellows Program is administered by the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute to support full-time postdoctoral scholars committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions . These fellowships support a new generation of sustainability scholars who understand the necessity of collaborating across disciplines and sectors to address complex sustainability challenges. Fellowships are funded through a mix of support from the Dow program and U-M units.

The program seeks candidates working on sustainability issues at the interface of the social sciences/humanities and natural/physical/engineering sciences.

Application deadline: November 17, 2014

Fellowship Term: This is a two-year fellowship that follows the United States academic cycle (begins in September and ends in August).

Fellowship Award: Each Fellow receives an annual stipend of at least $52,000, U-M medical and dental benefits, and access to up to $2,000/year for research and related travel.

Eligibility: We are accepting applications from qualified candidates who received their Ph.D. or comparable professional or artistic degree within four years of the fellowship start date (i.e., between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2015). In rare circumstances, this timeframe can be relaxed, but you must consult with the program ( before applying if your degree was awarded before September 1, 2011. Non-US citizens may apply.

Successful candidates will come from a wide range of disciplines/backgrounds. The following list of potential study areas/topics is intended to convey the breadth of fellowship areas and should NOT be considered an exhaustive list:

• Building communities that sustain healthy families

• Green buildings, urban infrastructure, development, mobility

• Sustainable food and water systems

• Corporate sustainability strategies and sustainable markets

• Behavioral and cultural change

• Economics and policy

• Energy supply, demand and transmission

• Clean technology: Nanotechnology, bio-based materials

• Climate change mitigation and adaptation.

• Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their services

• Natural resources management, extraction, and conservation

• Public health: risk communication, and community engagement

• Decision-making in the public and private sectors

The current cohort of Dow Postdoctoral Sustainability Fellows (  and Distinguished Faculty Fellows ( also provide an indication of the breadth of topic areas of interest, along with the broad representation of U-M Schools and Departments participating in the program.

Application materials:

  • Career goal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal
  • Names and contact information of two recommenders

All application materials, except the two letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the candidate online. See the RFP for more information about the program and application process:

Note that the Intent to Apply form must be submitted before the application form can be accessed. The information required on this form includes the names and contact information for the two letter writers. The Intent to Reply form triggers an automatic email message to letter writers. It is important to submit Intent to Apply forms as early as possible to allow letter writers sufficient time.

The Intent to Apply form can be accessed here:

A link to the full application form will be sent via email once the Intent to Apply form is completed and submitted.

Questions about the program and/or application process should be sent via email to:

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.