The PEI-STEP Graduate Fellowship Program enables Ph.D. candidates in science, engineering and other academic disciplines to explore the environmental policy dimension of their doctoral research. Admission to the program is by competitive application taken annually in the spring semester.
Awarded students receive half support (tuition and stipend) from the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) for two years and participate in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPI). PEI-STEP Fellows also receive a $3,500 award to support their graduate research. PEI-STEP students may apply for teaching assistantships with the Program in Environmental Studies.
Students who complete the requirements of the PEI-STEP Fellowship program receive a graduate certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from SPI in addition to receiving a degree from the department in which the student is enrolled. Since 2000, the program has supported more than 50 PEI-STEP Fellows, many of whom have gone to pursue positions of environmental leadership in academic, government, non-profit and industry sectors following their time at Princeton.
Click here for a list of current and past PEI-STEP recipients.
PEI-STEP Graduate Certificate Requirements
PEI-STEP students are required to complete 3 SPI graduate-level courses, including one STEP-approved science policy course, one non-science/tech policy course (e.g., economics, politics, psychology, sociology, and history), and one SPI graduate level elective.
PEI-STEP students wishing to obtain the STEP Graduate Certificate must meet the advanced policy paper requirement. This paper must be deemed of publishable quality and is often developed as a chapter of the student’s dissertation. Candidates must also fulfill the requirements of their home department.
PEI-STEP students must identify a PEI-STEP adviser in addition to a thesis adviser from their home department. The PEI-STEP adviser is expected to be included on the student’s dissertation committee.
Princeton graduate students in their first, second or third year of study may apply for the PEI-STEP Fellowship Program. See our Program Admissions’ page for application instructions.
The David Bradford Energy and Environmental Policy Seminar Series hosts environmental policy experts from Princeton University, government and institutions worldwide who present the latest policy developments and challenges related to environmental issues, including land use, climate change, urban resilience, and conservation. The lunch-time seminars are co-sponsored by PEI and the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE) in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
For more event information, see the David Bradford Energy and Environmental Policy Seminar Series page.