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Walbridge Fund Graduate Award

Walbridge Fund Graduate Award

The Walbridge Fund Graduate Award provides research funding to one or more Princeton University graduate students pursuing innovative research on energy, climate change science, modeling, and policy, or closely related topics.

Projects hailing from a broad range of disciplines are eligible for consideration including climate science, engineering, and environmental policy.

Application Information for 2014

Important Dates

  • February 5, 2014: Walbridge Fund Graduate Award application available 
  • March 17, 2014: Application Deadline
  • May 2014: Announcement of Recipients

Funding Support

In the 2014-2015 academic year, 2-3 awards in amounts up to $10,000 will be available for dissertation support. Funds may be used for a range of purposes, including fieldwork support, travel, conference participation, the purchase of equipment, and costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The funds cannot be used for tuition support or indirect costs. Awards are for one year (period from 6/1/2014 to 8/31/2015) and are nonrenewable.


To be eligible, applicants must be full-time Ph.D. candidates (post generals) at Princeton University.

Application Materials

Applications should include the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Completed Walbridge Fund Application.
  • Official graduate transcript(s) (Submitted electronically or by campus mail).
  • Two letters of recommendation sent separately and directly to the selection committee (PDF format accepted).

Princeton Environmental Institute
Walbridge Fund, Selection Committee
c/o Angela Petsis
127 Guyot Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544

Award Selection

A committee of Princeton faculty will conduct a formal review and selection process, with conflicts of interest taken into account. The award(s) will be selected based on the quality of the proposed research, strength of faculty letters of recommendation, proven student accomplishments (peer-reviewed publications and awards), and financial need for independent research.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Dept. Adviser Ph.D. Thesis Title
2013 Michael Campanell PPL Igor Kaganovich Simulation of Plasma-Surface Interaction with Secondary Emissions in a Grazing Magnetic Field for Fusion Energy Applications
2013 Paul Elsen EEB David Wilcove  Improving Climate-based Species Distribution Models by Incorporating Competition and Habitat Variables  
2013 Molly Schumer  EEB Peter Andolfatto  An Investigation of the Role of Hybridization, Habitat Disruption, and Climate Change in the Survival of the Freshwater Fish, Xiphophorus malinche 
2013 Travis Shaw  CHM  Andrew Bocarsly  Sonoelectrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide for the Direct Synthesis of Multi-Carbon Products  
2012 Minghui Diao CEE Mark Zondlo Ice Supersaturation and Cirrus Cloud Formation by Global In-Situ Aircraft Observations and Relationships with Anthropogenic Emissions
2012 Kaiyu Guan CEE Eric F. Wood Scaling Up Plant Water Stress of an African Savanna Ecosystem Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Based Sensing
2012 Annette Trierweiler EEB Lars Hedin The Response of Tropical Nitrogen-Fixing Trees to Phosphorus and Molybdenum Limitations, Nitrogen Deposition at Pre-Industrial, Present Day, and Elevated Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Levels
2011 Matthew Aardema EEB Peter Andolfatto The Influence of Climate on Patterns of Gene Flow between Ecologically Divergent Populations
2011 Josephine Anastasia Elia CBE Christodoulos Floudas Discovery and Operation of Hybrid Coal, Biomass, and Natural Gas to Liquid Energy Processes: Optimization Frameworks for Strategic Planning Under Uncertainty
2011 Matthis Paul Hain GEO Daniel Sigman Carbon Cycle Analysis
2010 Kevin Loutherback EE James Sturm Reducing the Cost of Biofuel Algae with High Throughput Microfluidic Separations
2010 Dalin Shi GEO Francois Morel Effect of Ocean Acidification on Iron Availability and Requirements in Marine Phytoplankton
2010 Ann Carla Staver EEB Simon Levin Temporal Dynamics of Savanna-Forest Transitions Along the Kalahari Transect
2009 Trenton Franz CEE Kelly Caylor Quantifying Soil Moisture Patterns at the Spatial Scale of Hillslopes in the Central Kenya Highlands

Walbridge Fund Graduate Award

Walbridge Award

"Understanding how species will respond to climate change is a critical challenge as we try to allocate conservation investments, design protected areas, and maintain vital ecosystem services such as pollination and food provisioning"

— Paul Elsen
2013 Recipient
(Relating article)