How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a FSFP award, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, and of sophomore standing at minimum. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (or submit a petition if GPA is lower). The proposed sustainability program or project must be credit-bearing.

Application Procedures

Deadline to apply for fellowships for Summer or Fall 2018: Feb. 1, 2018

Students should submit the following items via the UMBox link below:

A.  Personal statement (not to exceed one page)

All applicants should submit a personal statement. It should describe their motivation and readiness to complete the proposed experience, including the steps they have taken to gain knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete the experience.  They should also explain how the particular experience will help them to achieve their career goals. Please combine this and your proposal (item B) into one Word doc with the filename studentlastname.FSFproposal.docx 

Please include your 790# along with your name at the top of your personal statement (790 will be used to verify GPA)

B.  Proposal

For both of the two types of sustainability learning experiences, applicants should prepare a proposal (not to exceed three pages excluding budget) which includes the following components:

  1. Description of either the education program or field study with sufficient details about the program or project, its objective, activities, syllabus if available, outcomes, and evaluative criteria and procedures for receiving a grade.
  2. Concise but comprehensive explanation of how this program or field study conceptualizes sustainability and purports to make a contribution to both students’ learning and the subject of sustainability itself.
  3. Budget. Applicants should identify a specific amount they are requesting and include a justification. The FSFP will consider expenses related to program fees, travel, supplies, and field study stipend). Requests for family support while the applicant is away will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please submit this as an Excel spreadsheet with the filename studentlastname.FSFbudget.xlsx
  4. Faculty Adviser or Mentor Letter of Support. A letter of two pages or less is required and should speak to the applicant’s ability and commitment to complete the program or project, and their own commitment to serve as an advisor or mentor through to completion. The letter should also discuss how the faculty advisor anticipates interacting with the student during the course of the activity, and also ensuring the student understands and receives training needed to live and work around the world with cross-cultural  sensitivity, and to meet UM’s requirements for the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research. Advisors should submit the letter in a single MS Word file with a file name of studentlastname.FSFfacultylastname.docx


Deadlines and Decision Dates

Deadline is Feb. 1, 2018 for programs that begin that summer or fall

The FSFP Committee will review application packets within two weeks of their submission, and students will receive notification 30 days after submitting their application. The committee will work closely with the Financial Aid office and applicants to ensure that awards are released at a time when they are compatible with students’ financial aid package.

Project Reporting

Within one year of the award, awardees must submit a final report to their faculty advisor/mentor and after it is approved, to the Associate Dean. When the final project report is approved, the student may request $1,500 of additional funding for travel to a professional conference to present results. The conference must occur within one year of the successful completion of the final program or project report and include an endorsement by the faculty advisor. Students must request these funds in their initial budget. Finally, students will be expected to participate in an annual workshop that brings together all of our current fellows to share experiences and present results. 

Student Learning Objectives

By participating in the FSFP, students will:

  • Develop a rigorous understanding of the process of sustainability.
  • Achieve in-depth understanding of the causes and possible solutions to fostering sustainability in specific places around the world.
  • Gain a heightened awareness of overarching forces influencing global environmental problems and sustainable solutions.
  • Improve problem solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Examine the opportunities and challenges associated with transformative ideas and innovations within an overarching framework of sustainability.
  • Increase levels of independence and confidence.
  • Enhance oral and written communication skills.