STEP PhD Fellowships

The PEI-STEP Fellows and CITP-STEP Fellows are Princeton PhD candidates in departments outside of the Woodrow Wilson School, usually (but not exclusively) from science and engineering departments. They enroll in the certificate program in order to broaden their education to include WWS courses and an advanced policy research project, typically related to their thesis, that draws on the policy-relevant social sciences.

Each of the fellowships offer half financial support for two years (stipend and tuition), plus additional benefits outlined on the fellowship websites linked below.

Requirements for PEI-STEP and CITP-STEP PhD Fellows

PhD fellows are usually selected in their second or third year. For the fellowship, they are required to complete three (3) graduate-level courses in the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) for their STEP requirements. Fellows must take at least one course in each of the following categories:

  1. The first category will be non-science and technology WWS graduate courses, to encourage students to develop general knowledge in public policy topics. Please search the Princeton Course Catalog for a full course listing.
  2. The second category will be WWS science and technology policy courses (see below for approved course list)
  3. The third category is an elective (any WWS graduate-level course)

PhD fellows must also 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.

Some requirements and benefits for these fellowships differ. Please visit the following links for more information and to access the applications:

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PEI-STEP Fellowship

Energy and Environmental Science Policy
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CITP-STEP Fellowship

Communication and Information Technology Science Policy

STEP Fellowship Director

Elke U. Weber

Elke U. Weber
  • Professor of Psychology & Public Affairs; Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy & the Environment