Erb Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

August 1, 2023

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 for Environment and Sustainability. The Erb Institute is focused on addressing the world’s sustainability challenges, broadly defined, by challenging and shaping markets, the private sector, and other impact-focused organizations to become sources of positive solutions. The Institute emphasizes scholarly research and externally-focused engagement as vehicles for shaping thinking and dialogue about how the private and impact sectors may help to create a more just and sustainable world.


From August 1, 2023 through December 18, 2023 the Erb Institute will be accepting applications from talented early-career scholars who, in addition to conducting high-quality and impactful research, will also participate in other Institute activities such as seeking external funding related to their research, writing jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles, and contributing content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s research and engagement banners.

Researchers at the Erb Institute are global in their approach, think in terms of systems, and adopt a broad view of sustainability, which includes the social, environmental and economic impacts of business. We seek scholars whose research and academic interests sit at the nexus of sustainability and business / markets.

Applicants must be at the beginning of their academic careers, having received their Ph.D. or comparable degree between September 1, 2023, and August 31, 2024. Individuals 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 providing they are eligible for an academic visa in the United States.

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 the bulk of their time to their research. In addition, Erb Institute postdocs are expected to contribute to the success of the Institute; this may take the form of teaching, speaking engagements, translational research publications, or other communications support. Decisions regarding individual contributions will consider what is most beneficial to the post doctoral fellow and the Institute, and will be made in collaboration with the Institute Faculty Director and Managing Director. Additional details about the expectations and responsibilities of post-doctoral fellows in the Erb Institute may be found here.

Erb Postdoctoral Fellows contribute to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships between the institute’s two schools and across the University of Michigan. Our postdocs approach this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treat others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listen; value feedback; and learn from the perspectives of others.

The stipend will be $70,000 per year based on an academic calendar year, September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025, with the second-year extension contingent on successful performance during the first year. A modest discretionary research fund will also be provided each year. Fellows are eligible for University employee benefits programs including health and life insurance options.

About the Erb Institute

The Erb Institute is the business sustainability partnership between the Ross School of

Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to create a socially and environmentally sustainable world through the power of business. We deliver on our mission through research, teaching and business engagement.

The Erb Institute values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the

development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff and community who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

To Apply

To apply, applicants must submit their application here by 17:00 ET on December 18, 2023.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A brief cover letter (max two pages) that includes a summary of applicant’s PhD research and career goals and outlines how an Erb Institute post-doctoral fellowship will advance their sustainability research career. Current doctoral candidates should indicate the anticipated date of completion. A PhD or comparable degree is prerequisite for this appointment.
  • A proposal (maximum five pages) outlining the research the applicant wishes to conduct while in residence. The proposal must address challenges or opportunities at the intersection of social / environmental sustainability and business / markets and align with the research interests of one of the Erb Institute’s Affiliated Faculty. 
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A list of courses taken while a graduate student (a transcript is not required).
  • Two short (manuscript-length) examples of your written work. One of these examples should reflect the 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 submitted. 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 December 18, 2023.

Questions about this position should be directed to 

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