The central component of the Princeton Environmental Institute's (PEI) graduate program is a fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson Schools' Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). STEP blends scientific knowledge and methods with social science and practitioner perspectives in ways that yield practical solutions to the major scientific, environmental and technological challenges facing the world today. The PEI-STEP Fellowship, offered in affiliation with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is a two-year program enabling participating students from outside the Woodrow Wilson School to explore the science/technology/policy dimensions of their doctoral research.
Students who complete the requirements of the PEI-STEP fellowship program are awarded a graduate certificate in STEP from the Woodrow Wilson School, in addition to receiving a degree from the department in which the student is enrolled.
PhD and PEI-STEP certificate students are required to complete three STEP-approved courses and an advanced policy paper often conceived as a policy chapter of their dissertation. It should be noted that Princeton PhD students can apply for the STEP certificate directly with the STEP Program forgoing the funding option offered via the PEI-STEP fellowship.
Courses approved for Certificate credit may be found on the current courses page: https://step.wdstemplate-qa.princeton.edu/current-courses.
All advanced policy papers submitted in fulfillment of the certificate requirements must be approved by the STEP chair. The paper must be deemed of publishable quality. Oftentimes a policy chapter of the student's dissertation meets this requirement.
PEI-STEP students must identify a STEP adviser from the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE), although faculty from the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) or Science and Global Security (SGS) may sometimes act as advisers. In addition, students must choose a thesis adviser from their home departments. The STEP adviser is expected to be included on the student’s dissertation committee.
For information on admission and funding, visit the PEI website.