Research Fellowships and Graduate Study in ​Science, Technology & Environmental Policy

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

About the organization

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota ranks among the country’s top 10 professional public policy and planning schools, widely recognized for its success in advancing the common good through a comprehensive, world-class program. The School offers six distinctive master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and six certificate programs that match students’ passion with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to solve real-world challenges.

The mission of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.

Long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global levels, the Humphrey School is respected for its role in shaping public policy, its focus on social justice and human rights, and its expertise in planning, leadership, and management.


Launch your career with a Masters degree from a top-ranked school of public affairs designed for graduates and professionals interested in public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society that shape human well-being, environmental sustainability, and social justice. Through coursework rooted in real-world projects, our interdisciplinary approach will prepare you to be a leader, connecting you to a network of academia, communities, government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, all focused on addressing society's grand challenges.

Engage in research and interdisciplinary study in:
· Energy and Climate Policy
· Technology Innovation and Policy
· Water, Energy, and Food Systems
· Risk and Resilience Assessment and Management
· Conservation and Land Use
· Environmental Justice


Academic or other experience in a STEM field recommended.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Discuss your educational, professional, and personal history and explain how the MS–STEP degree will support you in achieving your professional goals while advancing the common good.
The Humphrey School seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive school environment, ensuring that the people and scholarship at the School reflect our community and the world, and building an institution committed to intercultural growth and learning. Discuss how you will advance equity and inclusion at the Humphrey School and the world.
The STEP area fosters interdisciplinary and community-engaged research, teaching, and action on human well-being, environmental sustainability, and social justice in a complex and diverse world. Discuss how you intend to bridge academic disciplines and engage communities to have broader impact towards meeting society's grand challenges.

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