Editor’s note: the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to January 3, 2014. See here for details.
Applications are now open for the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. Provided jointly by the Schipper Family and EMBARQ, the sustainable transport and urban planning program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Scholarship will award an extraordinary candidate up to $10,000 to advance transformative research in efficient and sustainable transport.
Dr. Leon J. Schipper (“Lee” or “Mr. Meter”) was a co-founder of EMBARQ who dedicated his professional life to the efficient use of energy in mobility. An international physicist, researcher, and studied musician, Lee was a giant in the energy efficiency field. This scholarship celebrates his vision and the bold challenges to conventional wisdom he gave to the field. 2013 scholarships were awarded to Ms. Fei Li (China) and Mr. Sudhir Gota (India).
The Scholarship is aimed at expanding the contributions to research and policy dialogue in the field of sustainable transport and energy efficiency, with a special emphasis on “iconoclastic” contributions that have clear, transformative outputs and contribute to measurable changes. Proposals are welcome from across the different stages that nurture policy dialogue, including: data collection and data quality, diagnosis through data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), policy analysis and evaluation, and interdisciplinary and international comparative analysis.
There are no geographical restrictions on applications for the Scholarship, so researchers and students of all national origins and fields are eligible to apply. However, applications should be submitted in English – work may be done in other languages as needed to enhance its impact. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Consistency with Lee Schipper’s contributions
- Alignment with the idea of sustainable transport and energy efficiency
- Creation of innovative, transformational outcomes (“real impact”)
- Feasibility (timely, realistic)
- Applicant (affiliation, background, previous contributions, references)
The first selection phase requires an expression of interested, to be completed by Friday, January 3, 2014. Interested applicants can learn more about this process and start their applications here. From this first phase, up to ten candidates will advance to the next selection round and will be notified in February 2014 when a more detailed research proposal will be required.
This post was updated on December 16, 2013.