Who Can Apply?

The Ph.D. Fellowship is no longer available. These pages are for information only.

Dissertation fellowships are open to scholars in all fields of study whose dissertation topic has significant relevance to U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution.  Previous fellows' fields of study include political science; economics; government; anthropology; environmental science, policy and management; ecology; environmental justice; regional planning; geography; natural resource policy; and environmental analysis and design.

Each applicant must:

  • Have completed all Ph.D. coursework and passed all preliminary exams;
  • Have approval for the dissertation research proposal;
  • Be entering the final year of writing the dissertation;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or U.S. national.


  • Applicants must be enrolled at a U.S. institution of higher education; U.S. citizens attending universities outside the U.S. are not eligible;
  • The primary focus of dissertation research should be U.S. environmental policy or environmental conflict resolution;
  • It is the Foundation's intent that work conducted during the fellowship year be done in the U.S.

Ph.D. candidates who hold a fellowship for the purpose of writing the dissertation during the year preceding or coinciding with the Udall Fellowship are not eligible.