Program Information

2022 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2022 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 seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.


  • We are offering eight (8) full-time, twelve-week positions.
  • The fellowship program may be conducted virtually, depending on local conditions in Ann Arbor, MI, to ensure health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CIGLR will ensure that all students have the computing resources needed to carry out their work.
  • If local conditions and safety guidelines issued by NOAA and the University of Michigan allow, the program will be conducted in person at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI, or the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI. Many of the projects may be conducted remotely even if in-person work is possible. Please see the position descriptions for details. 
  • Fellowships will begin on May 16 and end on August 5, 2022.
  • Each student will receive a $10,000 stipend, paid in four monthly installments of $2,500. Stipend pay dates will be: 5/16/22, 6/13/22, 7/11/22, and 8/8/22.
  • Each student will receive financial support for travel to and from Ann Arbor, if in-person work or a short-term visit to NOAA GLERL is possible.
  • We will provide assistance to students in need of local transportation to/from the work site while in Ann Arbor (if applicable).
  • Click here for 2022 Summer Fellows position descriptions


  • The program is limited to currently-enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors as of Fall 2022) and graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D.). We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the past 12 months of the fellowship (i.e., May 2021 or after), if the position fits directly within a student’s career or academic goals.
  • You must be either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, 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 the fellowship period.
  • Fellows are responsible for securing and paying the costs of housing for the duration of the fellowship. Housing costs are figured into the stipend amount. 

Application Process:

  • Applications are submitted through an online application process. Visit the Position Description page for the application link.
  • The following materials must be uploaded along with the application:
    1. Cover letter
    2. Résumé
    3. Unofficial transcript
    4. Essay (max. 400 words) describing an obstacle you have had to overcome
    5. Names and contact information for two (2) references
    6. One (1) letter of recommendation*
      *Note: Letters can also be sent directly to Mary Ogdahl ( if that is preferred by the letter writer.
  • Applicants will be asked to identify and rank up to three (3) projects to which they would like to apply.
  • 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, please contact the position mentors directly. Email addresses are provided with the position descriptions.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by 25 March 2022.

Applications must be submitted by 18 February 2022 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).

Have questions? Check out the FAQ page

Contact Information:
Mary Ogdahl, Program Manager
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
University of Michigan
440 Church Street, Room 4040
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
Ph: 734-763-3010 | Email:

 The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer.