Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply to the Environmental Fellows Program?  The Program is intended for students who have finished at least one year of graduate or doctoral study. The Program is open to students from across the United States pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree with an environmental focus. Priority will be given to students attending the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Students graduating in the winter or spring semester of 2018 are welcome to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Dreamer/DACA to apply. International students are ineligible.

I am not a University of Michigan student. Am I eligible to apply? Yes, we welcome applications from accredited US colleges and universities. 

If I don’t have prior work experience can I still apply? Yes, please share with us your experiences as a volunteer or in student organizations.

Do both my recommendations need to come from academic advisors? No, you are welcome to choose recommenders that will best represent you and your experiences, potential and aspirations. 

How does the application process work? Once the application closes a review committee convenes to deliberate and decide which candidates proceed to the second phase of the application process. The second phase of the application process involves a video interview with Environmental Fellows Program staff. At this time each applicant will be asked to rate their top choices for fellowship placement, but we do not guarantee a placement at one of those sites. Once the second phase of the application process is completed we move forward with conditionally accepting a select group of final applicants contingent upon the placement matching process and final approval from the hosting organization. 

If I am conditionally accepted to the program after the interview portion of the application process will I be guaranteed a position? No. While every effort will be made to place all accepted students, the final choice of placement will be made by the hosting organization. If a match cannot be made, you will not be accepted to the Program.

Fellowship Sites

Can I propose my own summer fellowship site? No, you cannot propose your own fellowship placement site. Fellows will chose from a preexisting list of fellowship host sites that EFP staff will provide during the second phase of the application process. Applicants that have progressed to the second phase of the application process will have the opportunity to rank their fellowship placement sites. These preferences will be taken into account by EFP staff when matching a Fellow with a host site.  

May I choose the fellowship site where I would most like to work? Site placement is a shared matching process that includes your interest and the needs of the site. During the second phase of application process you will be asked to rate your top choices, but we do not guarantee a placement at one of those sites.

Should I reach out to fellowship host sites/organizations on my own if I’m interested in EFP or have questions? No, please do not make contact with an organization before you are selected for the fellowship and placed by the EFP staff.  If you are selected as a fellow, we will inform you when it is time to make such a contact. If you have questions about EFP or regarding a specific organization please contact EFP staff at seas-efpoffice@umich.edu. 

May I contact the host site directly for more information about the listed internship responsibilities? Please DO NOT contact the host site. The Environmental Fellows Program Office will facilitate contact when the placement is confirmed.  

Program Logistics

If I am accepted how is the stipend distributed? Stipends of $10,000 will be given through multiple disbursements throughout the summer. Final payment is contingent upon completion of all program requirements.

Is travel assistance available? Yes, travel assistance to your site placement is available. 

Is housing provided by the Environmental Fellows Program? No, housing is the responsibility of the fellow. 

Is there a cost to attend the EGA Retreat? No, your travel and lodging costs will be covered by the EFP and EGA partnership. 

Can I be fired from my internship? Yes. We will make every effort to make a strong match between Fellows and the host sites, but in the event that Fellows do not complete expected requirements or comport themselves in a professional manner they may be released from their positions. In this scenario, no further stipend payments will be made.

What are important program dates for the 2018 Environmental Fellows Program? 

Application Open: November 20 2017

Application Deadline: February 7 2018

Application Interviews: Late February - Early March

Notifications of Program Acceptance: Mid to late March

Programs Dates:

            Diversity Training/Workshop-early/mid May

            12-week Internship: Spring / Summer

Environmental Grantmakers Association Annual Retreat September 2018

More Information

Who can I talk to for more information? You may contact us at seas-efpoffice@umich.edu or by telephone at (734) 936-0900.