Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan is a joint program between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. The Erb Institute focuses on global sustainability by shaping markets and challenging the private sector to become sources of positive solutions. The Institute emphasizes through research, and champions through teaching and engagement, a leadership role for the private sector in bettering our world and our society.

From November 7, 2016 through January 6, 2017, we will be accepting applications from talented and creative early-career scholars who will conduct high-quality and impactful research, participate in seeking extramural funding related to their research, write jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles, and contribute content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s thought leadership banner.

Researchers in the Erb Institute are global in their approach, think in terms of systems, and adopt an interdisciplinary perspective on sustainability. Rather than limiting our search to individuals who represent a particular discipline, we seek scholars whose research and academic interests sit – from a contextual perspective – at the inter- and transdisciplinary nexus between broad sustainability and the private sector. Specifically, we are seeking post-doctoral fellows who will conduct work in at least one of the following four areas:

  1. Consumer behavior and conscious consumption;
  2. Community and human development;
  3. Global change; and/or
  4. Corporate governance.

Applicants must be at the beginning of their academic careers, having received their Ph.D. or comparable degree between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2017. People holding current academic positions at a rank above post-doctoral fellow are not eligible to apply. Fellowships are open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

Fellows are appointed for two years in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship, participate in the intellectual life of the Institute, and devote time to their independent research. If desired, classroom instruction may be included in the agreement, pending the availability of suitable teaching opportunities. Additional details about the expectations and responsibilities of post-doctoral fellows in the Erb Institute may be found here.

The annual stipend will be $65,000 based on an academic calendar year, September 1 – August 31; a modest discretionary research fund will also be provided. Fellows are eligible for University employee benefits programs including health and life insurance options.

To apply, applicants must submit – in a single, collated PDF documentby 17:00 ET on January 6, 2017:

  • A brief cover letter (maximum two pages), which provides a summary of the applicant’s PhD research and career goals, and outlines how an Erb Institute post-doctoral fellowship will advance their career in sustainability research. For applicants who are currently doctoral candidates, please indicate the anticipated schedule of completion. A PhD or comparable degree is a prerequisite for this appointment;
  • A proposal (maximum five pages) outlining the research the applicant wishes to develop or conduct while in residence; the proposal must both address challenges or opportunities at the business-sustainability nexus and align with one or more of the Erb Institute’s four priority areas outlined above. Please keep in mind that proposals will be read by specialists as well as non-specialists in a given field or discipline. Proposals that involve more than one discipline are especially welcome. Proposals should include the name(s) of individuals that applicants wish to work with at the University of Michigan (our preference is that applicants will work with an Erb Institute faculty member, but this is not a requirement);
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae. As an addendum, applicants are asked to provide a list of courses taken while a graduate student (a transcript is not required); and
  • Two short (manuscript-length) examples of your written work. One of these examples should reflect applicants’ dissertation research; however, applicants are asked to not send a copy of their dissertation.
  • Separate from these application materials, applicants must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the selection committee care of the email address below. Recommendation letters must be from individuals qualified to write about the applicant’s aptitude for the position. Without exceptions, letters of recommendation must also be received by the deadline on January 6, 2017.

NB: Incomplete applications, including those with missing recommendation letters, will not be reviewed.

Application materials, including letters of recommendation, should be sent to Dr. Joseph Árvai, Director of the Erb Institute, at Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

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