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The Pioneers: School of Earth Science Dean Pamela Matson, center, with graduates from the first PhD cohort, l to r, Xuehua Zhang, Elizabeth Richards, Veena Srinivasan, and Holmes Hummel.

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 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 as well as with 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 three years. Endowed fellowships exist in perpetuity and may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor.

Research Support: E-IPER students conduct research on six continents using ecological, ethnographic, modeling, and a variety of other methods to address urgent environmental problems. E-IPER student research funds will contribute to cutting edge, high quality and rigorous research.

Director's Funds: Discretionary support will fund E-IPER's program activities, including curriculum development, teaching, and student travel to key conferences and events. Director's Funds may be endowed and named for their donor.

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Vogel, (650) 723-9547

E-IPER was a top priority in the Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability of The Stanford Challenge. The success of the Challenge helps ensure that E-IPER will thrive for years to come.