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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the scholarship?

Developing and deploying market-based solutions to our most pressing environmental problems requires rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship.  It is critical that we encourage young scholars to participate in and contribute to this process and offer them tangible support. The Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Program is meant to reward graduate students who write an original, rigorous, and interdisciplinary work of scholarship in a critical area of environmental investing.


Is the Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Program a registered not-for-profit organization?

Yes.  The Program is a public charity under the United States Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3.


What is the amount of scholarship?

The Program intends to present a scholarship of at least $3,500 to a single recipient. The Program expects to select a new winner every year. The amount of subsequent awards will be contingent upon the Program’s funding level.


What other benefits accrue with the scholarship?

In addition to earning the scholarship award, the winning manuscript will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Environmental Investing (


Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?

To be eligible, an applicant must be an active graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited college/university and seeking an advanced degree in a discipline related to environmental investing (e.g., environmental science, environmental policy, environmental law, finance, engineering, environmental and sustainability management, ecology, economics, forestry).  The JEI Scholarship Program seeks to be as inclusive as possible because environmental investing is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary topic Special consideration will be given to contributions from students in “emerging markets” as defined by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.


 What is the selection process?

Each applicant must submit a curriculum vitae, a 225-word abstract of the manuscript, and a letter from his/her college or university attesting to the applicant’s academic status.  The Program’s Board will review all abstracts. If an abstract proves acceptable, the author will be invited to submit an original manuscript (no more than 5,000 words excluding notes, references, and supporting materials) to the Program.  The Board will pass all acceptable manuscripts to the Selection Committee, which is comprised of scholars and practitioners in the various areas of environmental investing, for their review and evaluation.  The Selection Committee, not the Board, will select the winner. The Board will notify the winner of the Committee’s decision and award the winner a cash scholarship.


How will the manuscripts be judged?

All manuscripts will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Practical significance of the research
  • Quality of research work with regard to its contribution to the topics of environmental investing
  • Originality of the subject or approach
  • Academic evaluation of research work


What is the deadline for submitting an abstract?

Deadline for applications for the 2014-2015 JEISP has not yet been determined.


What is the deadline for submitting the manuscript?

Deadline for manuscripts for the 2014-2015 JEISP has not yet been determined.


When will the winner be announced?

The date for the announcement of the 2014-2015 winnerhas not yet been determined.


Who won the 2010-2011 scholarship?

The Selection Committee chose Amrita Vijay Kumar as the winner of its first annual scholarship for her paper, “Challenges and Opportunities – Using Carbon Finance to Scale SMEs in West Africa.” Ms. Kumar recently earned an MBA /MS from Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.  She received a USD 3,500 cash scholarship from the JEI SP and had her paper published in a special issue of the Journal of Environmental Investing (vol. 2, no. 2, 2011).


Who won the 2011-2012 scholarship?

The Selection Committee awarded the second JEI SP scholarship to Zhan Zhou for his paper, “Challenges and Opportunities from the Rural Drinking Water Supply in China.”   Mr. Zhan’s paper  demonstrated exceptional insight and rigor in an analysis of drinking water issues and policies in rural China. His paper examines investment opportunities and programs sponsored by private companies in cooperation with governments and NGOs, and considers their applicability to the over 600 million Chinese rural residents, many of whom need higher quality drinking water.  Mr. Zhan is completing a Master of Environmental Studies degree, which is offered through the College of General Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received a USD 3,500 cash scholarship from the JEI SP and had his paper published in an issue of the Journal of Environmental Investing (JEI).


Who won the 2012-2013 scholarship?

No scholarship was awarded in 2012-2013 as no application met the Program’s specific requirements or rigorous standards.


Who won the 2013-2014 scholarship?

The Selection Committee of the Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Program (JEISP) chose Maximilian Tattenbach as the winner of its annual scholarship for his paper, “Decoupling Timber from Land to Attract Institutional Finance in Sustainable Forest Development in Costa Rica.” Mr. Tattenbach earned a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Business and Environment from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He received a USD 3,500 cash scholarship from the JEISP and will have his paper published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Environmental Investing (