A funding and professional development opportunity for incoming Ph.D. students at Michigan State University
The Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP) was established by an endowment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2003 “to serve as a catalyst and convener of interdisciplinary dialogue and research around existing and emerging sustainability topics.” In 2016 SMEP began a new effort called the SMEP Scholars Program. The Scholars Program seeks to develop the next generation of sustainability scholars at MSU through an intentional, interdisciplinary community of practice including the Scholars and SMEP Executive Committee faculty members.
As members of this community of practice, Scholars will receive the following:
To receive these benefits, every year of their Ph.D. program Scholars are expected to:
In addition, the faculty member who nominates the student for this program is also expected to participate in the above activities.
We are seeking unique, highly competent, and creative individuals looking to lead the next generation of sustainability scholarship. We seek people who look for opportunities, who conduct their work inclusively towards others, and who regularly cross disciplinary boundaries. SMEP Scholars embody the tenacity, humility, and creativity characteristic of the Spartan spirit, and they proactively apply these qualities to the definition and practice of sustainability scholarship.
A subset of the SMEP Executive Committee will serve as the Selection Committee for this Program. They will consider the following criteria in evaluating the student, ranked in order of priority. Evidence for these criteria should come from the student’s proposal and the faculty member’s letter of nomination.
Brief biographies of previous cohorts of Scholars can be found at:
Students may not apply to the Program directly. They must be nominated by a faculty member. Each faculty member may only nominate one student per year. SMEP encourages nominations for students with underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to considerations of ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, training, disabilities, and parental status.
The faculty nominator should prepare a nomination packet that includes the following items in order in a single PDF:
The faculty nominator must email the nomination packet to Julie Eckinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards that are part of a recruitment package can be made as early as February 1, 2018 (Please give us at least 2 weeks to review nominations). Deadline for all nominations is March 12, 2018.
If you are otherwise interested in getting involved with SMEP, please contact Paul Thompson at email@example.com