The Karl F. Schlaepfer ’49 and Gloria G. Schlaepfer Fund in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) provides funding to support Princeton University graduate student research and/or travel related to environmental studies. Students from a broad range of disciplines are eligible to apply.


Application Information

Important Dates

  • May 28, 2024: Application Available in SAFE
  • June 28, 2024: Application Deadline
  • August 2024: Award Recipients Announced


Funding Support

In the 2024-2025 academic year, several awards in amounts up to $5,000 will be available for dissertation support. Funds may be used for a range of purposes including fieldwork, travel, conference participation, equipment purchases, and costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The funds cannot be used for tuition support or indirect costs. Awards are for one year and are nonrenewable.



To be eligible, applicants must be regular, full-time Ph.D. candidates (post generals prior to the application deadline) at Princeton University. Eligibility status is viewed as pertaining to the student’s status in the current academic year. Students in DCE are not eligible to apply.


Application Materials

Applications should include the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Completed Schlaepfer Fund application available on the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE)
  • Two-page research proposal with funding
  • Current copy of CV and graduate transcript (unofficial copy will be accepted)
  • Two letters of recommendation emailed to Amber Lee ( by the application deadline.


Award Selection

A committee of Princeton faculty will conduct a formal review and selection process, with conflicts of interest considered. The award(s) will be selected based on the quality of the proposed research, strength of faculty letters of recommendation, proven student accomplishments (peer-reviewed publications and awards), and financial need for independent research.