Student Opportunities

Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program

CIGLR administers an annual Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). We place promising undergraduate (junior or senior as of Fall 2024) and graduate students with both academic and federal research mentors. Through this program, students work on substantive research issues in the Great Lakes and undergo a career training program that equips them with the knowledge and skills to be the next generation of Great Lakes scientists. We seek to support diversity in Great Lakes research by valuing the wide range of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills that enrich scientific exploration and help connect science with society. We strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers.

2024 Program Information – No longer accepting applications for 2024. Check back in January for 2025 program information.


The next generation of Great Lakes researchers starts here. Every summer, CIGLR supports a cohort of promising upper level undergraduate and graduate students to complete research projects mentored by both University of Michigan faculty and Federal researchers. Our fellows are primarily located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan and are offered a variety of projects to conduct cutting-edge research on the Great Lakes’ most pressing issues. 

Being a Great Lakes Summer Fellow has given me the opportunity to explore and contribute to diverse research aimed at keeping the human and biological communities safe and balanced in the Great Lakes Region I call home.

-Jennifer Tompkins, 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellow

Additional Student Opportunities

CIGLR also offers Graduate Research Fellowships to students affiliated with our Regional Consortium University Partner institutions. Please click here for more information. 

In addition, CIGLR offers ECO funding to students affiliated with our Regional Consortium institutions who incorporate a policy engagement, communications, or outreach component into their work. Please click here for more information.