The Erb Institute is focused on solving the world’s social and environmental sustainability issues, by challenging and shaping markets and the private sector to become sources of positive solutions, rather than merely focusing on reducing negative impacts. The Institute discerns – through research – and champions – through teaching – a leadership role for business in bettering our world and our society.
There are currently 2 options for joining the Erb Institute as a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. First, there is our own Erb-Dow Post-Doctoral Fellowship program which is described below. Second, there are two University-wide Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs that can be linked to the Erb Institute and which you are encouraged to explore. In addition to the Erb Institute application, all Erb Post-Doc applicants are required to submit an application to the Dow Fellowship (links below). You may also choose to apply to the Michigan Society of Fellows, though this is optional (again see link below). Each program comes with its own requirements for submission and participation, so please read the descriptions carefully.
- Erb Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Application Process
- Dow Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Application Process
- The University of Michigan Society of Fellows Program
Erb Institute Fellowships
From November 1, 2014 through December 13, 2014, we will be accepting applications from qualified candidates working in sustainable enterprise who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received the Ph.D. or comparable degree between June 1, 2012, and August 30, 2014. Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, December 13, 2014 for those candidates working within the scope of the Erb Institute’s research agenda:
1. Sustainable Communities: Green buildings, urban infrastructure, development, mobility, food and water systems.
2. Management Innovation: Corporate sustainability strategies, including sustainable operations, sustainable finance, green accounting, green marketing, hybrid organizations, markets for ecosystem services, and behavioral and cultural change.
3. Energy and Climate: Energy supply, demand and transmission, climate change mitigation and adaptation.
4. Clean Technology: Innovative business models, financing schemes and organizational structures to facilitate the development of new technologies like nanotechnology, bio-based materials and alternative energy supplies.
5. Shifting Market Dynamics: Strategic corporate responses to sustainability demands, including partnerships with NGOs, corporate political engagement, crisis management, reputation maintenance, and public communication strategies.
6. Water sustainability: Water scarcity and demand, both as a resource for industrial input or consumer markets, but also as an area for consideration at the water energy nexus.
7. Human Rights: Social and human-rights risk assessment; strategy, implementation, metrics, and reporting; stakeholder engagement around human rights; UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; link to other rights (indigenous peoples, labor, water, etc.).
Fellows are appointed for two years as Post-Doctoral Scholars in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship, to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute, and to devote time to their independent research. If desired, teaching may be included in the agreement. The annual stipend will be $65,000 based on an academic calendar year, September 1 – August 31. Fellows are eligible for University employee benefits programs including health and life insurance options.