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E-IPER welcomes support from individuals, foundations, and organizations who share our goal of training the next generation of environmental leaders and scholars for a sustainable world. Stanford launched E-IPER in 2001 with grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and with funds from the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. In February 2009, Dan and Rae Emmett made a generous endowed gift, helping to establish E-IPER's long-term financial sustainability.

E-IPER students and their research are supported by competitive fellowships from sources within and outside of Stanford, including endowed fellowships received through the Stanford Challenge's Initiative on Environment and Sustainability. These generous endowed fellowships are critical to our mission, since E-IPER students' work often falls outside of the traditional disciplinary boundaries of graduate funding sources.

Areas of Need

Endowed Graduate Fellowships*

To attract the most talented and promising applicants, E-IPER guarantees PhD student fellowship (tuition and stipend) support for up to five years. Currently, far more highly qualified students apply than can be admitted to the program. Additional fellowships will ensure that E-IPER can continue to grow its PhD cohort while guaranteeing support for each student’s full tenure.

E-IPER Collaboration Grants*

These grants support expanded collaborations between E-IPER PhD students, who bring a depth of research expertise in their fields of inquiry, and their MS counterparts, who bring important perspectives on implementation from their professional training. Such collaborations strengthen the problem solving culture at E-IPER and create mentoring opportunities for senior students.

Other Program Support*

Other high priority program needs include support for visiting scholars, who bring special expertise to complement that of the Stanford faculty, and funding for student opportunities grants, which allow students to engage in leadership training and other educational activities not directly related to their dissertation research.

*Some gifts to E-IPER qualify for 1:1 matching funds, thanks to a generous gift from Rae and Dan Emmett, ’61. More information about the Emmett Matching Program is available at

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Robbins, Associate Director of Development
School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
(650) 497-9024