Application Information

2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist.


  • We are offering eight (8) full-time twelve-week positions. All positions are located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
  • Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. The start date will be in early May, but this can be flexible (e.g., early June start) based selected candidate’s schedule or project needs.
  • We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.
  • Click here for 2018 Summer Fellows Position Descriptions

There is a stipend of $6,500 for the twelve-week period, paid in two installments of $3,250 each: For May start dates, the first installment will be in the second week of May and the second installment will be in the second week of June.  For June start dates the first installment will be in the second week of June and the second installment will occur in the second week of July.

Applications must be submitted by 18 February 2018 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).


  • The program is limited to currently-enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors preferred) and graduate students. We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the past 12 months (of your fellow position start date) if the position fits directly within a student’s career goals.
  • You must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national who is residing in the U.S. on a current Student Visa.
  • Immediate relatives of any CIGLR or NOAA GLERL employees are not eligible to participate in this program, consistent with NOAA guidelines.

Other Requirements:

  • Fellows are required to give a 15-minute presentation at the end of their fellowship period.
  • Fellows are responsible for covering the cost of their housing for the duration of the fellowship, as well as their transportation costs to and from GLERL. Any travel or accommodations required while performing the duties of the position, i.e., fieldwork, etc., will be covered by the program.
  • GLERL is located at 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, about 4 miles south of the University of Michigan central campus. Public transportation is available, but the nearest bus stop to GLERL is approximately 1 mile away. Many students and staff do regularly bike to GLERL.

Application Process:

  • Applications are submitted through an online application process. Transcripts (official or unofficial), a cover letter, and a résumé are required elements of the electronic submission. Applicants will be asked to identify and rank up to three (3) projects to which they would like to apply.
  • Along with the electronic application, we require one letter of recommendation that must be sent directly from the writer via email. The recommendation letter should be sent to the attention of Mary Ogdahl (see contact information below). All letters must be received by 18 February 2018.
  • Project mentors will review the applications once they are submitted. After an initial review, the project mentor will conduct phone interviews with the top candidates to discuss the project in more detail and ensure match in interest and skills.
  • For specific questions about each opportunity, contact the position mentors. Email addresses are provided with the position descriptions.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by 22 March 2018.

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Contact Information:
Mary Ogdahl, Program Manager
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
University of Michigan
440 Church Street, G110 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
Ph: 734-763-3010 | Email:

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