Application Information

2016 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellows Program


  • We are offering eight (8) full-time twelve-week positions. All of these positions are located at NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. Start dates for each position will be flexible based on the mentor’s and selected candidate’s schedule, although the start date is usually either in early May or early June.
  • CILER supports cultural and gender diversity in an inclusive environment and encourages applications from women and minority individuals.
  • Click here for 2016 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 2nd week of May and the second installment will be in the 2nd week of June.  For June start dates the first installment will be in the 2nd week of June and the second installment will occur in the 2nd week of July.

Applications must be submitted by 26 February 2016 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).


  • The Fellows 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 CILER 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 oral 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.
  • The GLERL lab is located at 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, about 4 miles south of the UM Central Campus. There is no public transportation available between GLERL and UM Central Campus, so having your own transportation is recommended. Many students and staff do regularly bike to work at GLERL.

Application Process:

  • We have an online electronic application submission 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 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, fax, or regular mail. The recommendation letter should be sent to the attention of Mary Ogdahl (see contact information below). All letters must be received by 26 February 2016.
  • Project mentors will review the applications once they are submitted. After an initial review, the project mentor will set up phone interviews with the top candidates to discuss the project in more detail and ensure appropriateness match in interest and skills.
  • For specific questions about each opportunity, contact the individual mentors. Email addresses are provided with the position descriptions.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by 31 March 2016.
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Contact Information:
Mary Ogdahl
CILER Program Manager
University of Michigan
440 Church Street, G110 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041
Ph: 734-763-3010 | Email:

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