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EPPSA Graduate Energy Poverty Fellows

EPPSA Graduate Energy Poverty Fellows (GEPFs) form an interdisciplinary cohort that benefit from training and resources at UNC-CH, NCSU, and the University of Michigan as well as collaboration with our partners in North Carolina and in Southern Africa.

Expectations of PIRE Graduate Energy Poverty Fellows

  • Completion of all required coursework in home department
  • Participation in bi-weekly Energy Poverty Graduate Seminar (1 credit) for 3 years
  • Completion of Graduate Certificate in Impact Evaluation
  • Participation in international fieldwork preparation short courses
    • Intensive language training (Chichewa, Bemba, or Shona)
    • Conduct research in developing country settings
  • Fieldwork experience in Southern Africa or other developing country setting
  • Completion of Annual Progress Reports

Participating Departments/Faculty

The following are a list of departments and faculty who are participating in EPPSA. Students should have one of the below listed faculty as their primary faculty advisor.

  • Anthropology (Leslie/West)
  • Environment and Ecology (Leslie/West)
  • Geography (Delamater/Emch)
  • Public Policy (Handa)
  • Sociology (Entwisle/Frankenberg)

Financial and other Support

With support from the National Science Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contingent upon satisfactory progress, GEPFs will receive the following benefits:

  • Graduate stipend of $30,000/year (12 months) for up to 3 years
    • Year 1 has no service requirement;
    • Year 2 has a TA service requirement in home department;
    • Year 3 of support requires a defended dissertation proposal and reasonable prospects for completion by the end of the year
  • Tuition, Fees, Health Insurance (up to 3 years as part of the GEPF)
  • Travel funds in 2 of 3 years to participate in EPPSA research in Southern Africa (airfare, per diem, visa fees, incidental expenses)
  • Access to competitive conference travel fund
  • Office space with the cohort of GEPFs at the Carolina Population Center


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