The program of study (POS) provides academic knowledge necessary for success in the stewardship sciences. The fellowship requires a university POS — approved by the fellow's advisor — that provides a solid background in one or more fellowship-approved fields of study. The POS must demonstrate both depth and breadth by including courses in the physical, engineering, mathematical and/or computer sciences.

Timely POS completion is an explicit commitment students and their advisors accept. The POS must be completed before the fellowship's third year begins.

Once a student is accepted into the fellowship, POS changes may be made only with advance consent from the program's advisory committee.