The central component of PEI's graduate program is the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (PEI-STEP) offered in affiliation with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS). This two-year program enables participating students to explore the environmental policy dimensions of their doctoral research.
Students who complete the requirements of the PEI-STEP fellowship program are awarded a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from WWS in addition to receiving a degree from the department in which the student is enrolled. Since 2000, the program has supported over 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.
Through the PEI-STEP program, PEI offers half financial support for two years (stipend and tuition). Support is generally awarded in the second and third years of the student's Ph.D. tenure. PEI-STEP Fellows also receive a $3,500 award to support their graduate research. In addition, PEI-STEP students may apply for teaching assistantships with the Program in Environmental Studies.
PEI-STEP Graduate Certificate students are required to complete three graduate-level courses at WWS, including one STEP-approved science policy course, one non-science/tech policy course (e.g., economics, politics, psychology, sociology, and history), and one WWS 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. A competitive application process for admission to the PEI-STEP program is held each spring.
— Carole Dalin, PEI-STEP Fellow