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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Environmental Policy Initiative Announces Summer Grants for PhD Students

April 5, 2016

Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI), which is led by AEDE's Professor Brent Sohngen, launched its Summer 2016 grant competition today.

The program offers research grants for Ohio State graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. Recipients receive an award of $4,500 for the entire summer. 

Any doctoral student planning to write a PhD on any aspect of environmental policy, and expecting to take the PhD candidacy (general) exam by the Spring Semester of the next academic year (2017), is eligible to apply. Up to 3 awards will be offered in summer 2016, starting on June 1, 2016.

The award of $4,500 for the summer can be used in any way by the student, but does not include a tuition or fee waiver. Departments may supplement the stipend at their discretion.

The student applicant and the dissertation advisor should collaborate on the proposal. The proposal should contain:

  • A brief biosketch of the graduate student applicant including full name, department, expected graduation date, and name and department of the student's advisor
  • A CV
  • A maximum 3 page proposal describing the work to be undertaken (excluding references)

Awards will be determined by a panel of faculty members and past award winners.

All information must be submitted electronically to by Tuesday, April 26th, 2016.

Additionally, throughout the academic year EPI offers Ohio State graduate student professional travel grants of up to $500 for students presenting research papers at professional meetings related to environmental policy. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Learn more here.