2019 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship: Urban Demographics

The Schipper Family and EMBARQ, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities' sustainable urban mobility initiative, in cooperation with leading scholars and policy makers, spearheaded the creation of a Scholarship in memory of Leon J. Schipper (“Lee” or “Mr. Meter”).

The “Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency” targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the enrichment of the international policy dialogue in the fields of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. Lee Schipper, international physicist, researcher, musician and co-founder of EMBARQ inspired and shaped the thinking of a generation of students and professionals and was widely recognized for enriching policy dialogue with his passion for data and challenging conventional wisdom. 

The Scholarship is aimed at expanding the contributions to research and policy dialogue in the field of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. In memory of Lee’s work, the Scholarship will support initiatives triggering and catalyzing transformative research and policy papers. The Scholarship will place a special emphasis on “iconoclastic” contributions (challenging conventional wisdom) that have clear, transformative outputs and contribute to measurable changes. The Scholarship will support proposals that span different stages nurturing policy dialogue including:

  • Data collection and data quality
  • Diagnosis through data analysis (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary and international comparative analysis

The Scholarship is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in their pursuance of the enrichment of policy dialogue consistent with Lee Schipper’s contributions. The Scholarship will be international in nature with no geographical restrictions (developed vs. developing countries). This approach is consistent with Lee Schipper’s work, which spanned broadly geographically and across sectors.

The Scholarship is governed by an Advisory Board of selected experts in the field and will be managed under the umbrella of the World Resources Institute Foundation. The scholarships will be awarded through a transparent process with strong governance procedures. 


Interested applications should read the scholarship guidance document for application instructions and eligibility criteria. Applications are required to meet minimum requirements in terms of applicant eligibility and research project eligibility.
To the extent that an application’s substance exceeds the minimum eligibility requirements described below, such qualifications will be considered. 
Eligible Applicant Types
Eligibility for the Scholarship Program is dependent on applicant and application requirements. 
Applicants are eligible if they are young individual researchers. For the purposes of this Scholarship, a young individual researcher is a researcher that has five or less years of experience since her last academic degree (Masters or PhD) and is not older than 35 years at the time of submission of the EoI. 
The applicant must be a young individual researcher affiliated with an academic institution or with a research institution (public, private or not-for-profit). 
• Researchers affiliated with academic institutions will be Masters or PhD students at the time of submission of the EoI
• Researchers affiliated with research institutions will need to demonstrate that the research institution has been a legal entity for one year at the time of the EoI, and that the research institution has a track record of published, peer reviewed publications.
Cost Sharing and Matching
The Scholarship share of the costs of research projects issued grants of this solicitation will be a lump sum for up to 100 percent of the costs for the proposed research project, but no more than US $10,000.  
Eligible Projects
EoIs and Applications must be for eligible research projects. The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship Board welcomes applications on a variety of topics, but places special interest on applications that research policy development and implementation.These include the following requirements:
  • Topic must be related to Sustainable Transport.
  • The topic(s) must be consistent with Lee Schipper’s main work areas in Sustainable Transport, this is: 
  • Data collection and quality, 
  • Diagnosis through data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), 
  • Policy analysis and evaluation,
  • Interdisciplinary and international comparative analysis 
  • The research project has not been published or submitted to a journal
  • The research topic will be completed by October - November of the year following submission of the EoI.
Other Prerequisites
In general, applications must meet the following additional prerequisites:
  • Applications must be submitted in English;
  • Applications must be complete;
  • The research project must result in independent utility.

The 2019 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship application period is now open. Please apply here.

Please consult the guidance on the "How to Apply" page in the preparation of your application materials. Clarifying questions regarding the Scholarship can be sent to Matthew.KesslerCleary@wri.org

Source: Lee Schipper

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, January 25, 2019