The HMEI Climate and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (CESEn) enables Ph.D. candidates in science, engineering, and other academic disciplines to add an environmental and/or climate-focused science/engineering dimension to their doctoral research. Admission to the program is by competitive application taken annually in the spring semester.
HMEI-CESEn Fellowships provide opportunities for students to develop research projects and technical expertise in environmental and climate sciences/engineering by working with an HMEI-affiliated faculty. The CESEn Fellowship is advantageous to students seeking an entry point into environmental/climate sciences and engineering; and/or for those who wish to bridge the research scales and disciplines to develop a new methodology or broader perspective on their disciplinary work.
By taking graduate level classes, participating students acquire specific technical skills and expertise, enabling them to perform novel research in environmental and climate science/engineering over the course of their fellowship, thus complementing disciplinary expertise earned during their Ph.D. training and preparation.
Awarded students receive half support (tuition and stipend) from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) for two years and are expected to complete the requirements of the program. (See below for academic requirements.)
HMEI-CESEn Fellows also receive a $3,500 award to support their graduate research. HMEI-CESEn students may apply for teaching assistantships with the Program in Environmental Studies (with approval from their adviser).
Students supported by the HMEI-CESEn Fellowship are expected to complete the following program requirements:
Princeton graduate students (post-generals) are eligible to apply for the HMEI-CESEn Fellowship. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing environment-related research and identify an HMEI-CESEn adviser in addition to their thesis adviser from their home department. The HMEI-CESEn adviser is expected to be included on the student’s dissertation committee.
DCE students are not eligible and will not be considered.
Selection into the HMEI-CESEn program is determined by competitive application each spring. Criteria for selection include a strong academic record, a well thought-out research plan, and engagement of the student’s departmental thesis adviser in the research plan.
To apply, HMEI-CESEn Fellowship candidates are required to submit a completed application form and to develop a 2 page research proposal in cooperation with their thesis adviser. Recommendations from the applicant’s current Ph.D. adviser and the proposed HMEI-CESEn adviser are required components of the application package.
Applications will be reviewed and admission to the program determined by an HMEI-CESEn committee.
View the HMEI-CESEn Program Application page for more information and application deadlines.
Potential HMEI-CESEn advisers include members of HMEI’s faculty and Associated Faculty in the Natural Sciences and Engineering who actively pursue environmental research as a core component of their work and have expressed interest in mentoring HMEI-CESEn fellows.