Eligibility

The Environmental Fellows Program is looking for the future leaders and decision-makers in the rapidly changing fields of the environment and philanthropy. We want to support graduate students who:

  • have leadership and academic potential;
  • are interested in diversifying the environmental field through involvement in philanthropy;
  • are committed to supporting and advocating for the principles of equity and inclusion;
  • think broadly beyond traditional definitions of the environment and have the ability to work across differences;
  • are interested in learning about philanthropy and its relationship to the environment.

Members of underrepresented socio-cultural or geographic groups, including: first-generation college students, veterans, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must: 

  1. Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA/DREAMers). International students are ineligible.
  2. Be currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program and have completed at least one year of graduate study by the start of the program. Those graduating sometime in the 2019-2020 academic year are also eligible to apply.
  3. Have a record of superior academic achievement.

Strong applicants should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in your discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
  • have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional or civic sector through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic structures;
  • are first-generation U.S. citizens or the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.