Erb Undergraduate Fellows

Frequently Asked Questions

As you navigate the application process as a prospective Erb Fellow, you might have a few questions. Read through this list of FAQs for some guidance through the process. If you still have questions, contact us!

Frequently Asked Questions

Program

Why should I apply to be an Erb Fellow?

At the Erb Institute, we are committed to helping equip and prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that will emerge as you embark on your professional career. As an Erb Fellow, you’ll be introduced to new ways of thinking and doing through a series of carefully curated classroom and co-curricular opportunities, field experiences, impact-focused projects and, importantly, a tight-knit and supportive community of fellow sustainability champions who share your vision for a sustainable world.

To successfully complete the Erb Fellows program, what will I be required to do?

As an Erb Fellow, you will be required to successfully complete 12 credits of courses from a list of selected 300- and 400-level courses that address business-sustainability-related topics. You will also be expected to participate regularly in co-curricular and community-building activities.

What are the benefits of being an Erb Fellow?

Erb Fellows are members of a large, welcoming and supportive community of individuals who are committed to leveraging business to make the world a more sustainable place. In addition to joining a community of like-minded U-M undergraduate students, Erb Fellows have access to our alumni and partner networks–and these networks for business sustainability practitioners span across numerous global industries and sectors.

What opportunities are offered to Erb Fellows?

In addition to connecting with the larger Erb community, the Erb Institute also offers a number of opportunities for our fellows. We offer exclusive co-curricular learning opportunities, including career talks, business sustainability workshops and speakers. We support action-based learning project opportunities, invite innovative speakers to share their perspectives, and create new and exciting learning opportunities for our fellows.

What courses do Erb Fellows take?

Erb Fellows take a variety of courses, depending on their major, minor and scheduling needs. While first ensuring they are satisfying the curricular requirements of their major(s) and minor(s) (if applicable), fellows are expected to successfully complete 12 credits of coursework from a curated set of 300- and 400-level courses that address the intersection of business and sustainability. While most of the courses included in the Erb Fellows course menu are drawn from the Ross Business School and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), there are also approved courses from other schools, including the Ford School of Public Policy and Taubman College of Architecture.

What is the Erb Fellows Council? How can I join?

Members of the Erb Fellows Student Council work closely with Erb staff to build community, offer feedback, pilot new programming and enhance the opportunities the program offers. The six fellows who make up the inaugural set of council members will represent the larger fellows cohort and will also lead the development of governance structures for the council itself, including election strategies and council norms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

How do I know if I am eligible to be an Erb Fellow?

Eligible applicants to the Erb Fellows must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Declared major or minor in either the Ross School of Business or Program in the Environment (PitE);
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; 
  • Rising junior status; and 
  • Have successfully completed either ENVIRON 207 or ENVIRON 208 before beginning your term as an Erb Fellow in the fall term. 
How do I apply to be an Erb Fellow?

Applicants must complete a brief online application that will include 2-3 brief (maximum 500 word) essays, and provide a resume and unofficial transcript.

I haven’t taken ENVIRON 207 and am currently enrolled in ENVIRON 208. Can I still apply to be an Erb Fellow?

Yes, so long as you have successfully completed either ENVIRON 207 or ENVIRO 208 before your first fall term as an Erb Fellow, you are eligible to apply.

I haven’t taken ENVIRON 207 and am planning on enrolling in ENVIRON 208 this winter term. Can I still apply to be an Erb Fellow?

Yes, so long as you have successfully completed either ENVIRON 207 or ENVIRO 208 before your first fall term as an Erb Fellow, you are eligible to apply.