Energy Analysis and Policy Student Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students in graduate degree programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who are eligible to enroll in the Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) certificate or doctoral minor are eligible.
    a) Prospective or incoming graduate students are eligible, contingent upon matriculating at UW-Madison in 2021.
  2. Students must apply to enroll in either the EAP certificate or doctoral minor. Application can be found at
    a) On the EAP application form, students must provide any past transcripts (unofficial OK), a current resume/CV, and a brief statement of interest.
  3. Students enrolled in EAP on or before January 1, 2021 are not eligible.

How to Apply
Students who apply to enroll in either the EAP certificate or doctoral minor will automatically be considered for this scholarship. Application can be found at

Donor Information
This scholarship was made possible through a generous gift from Wes and Ankie Foell. A retired UW professor and energy analysis and policy professional, Wes Foell was a founding faculty member of the EAP certificate and has been a long-time champion of the program. An additional scholarship for a student whose graduate studies combine energy and health was made possible through a generous gift from Summerdale, Inc.

Award Information
Up to 11 scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded to prospective, incoming, or current graduate students who enroll in the EAP program in 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee and will be awarded on the following criteria:

  • Overall academic and professional excellence
  • Demonstrated or planned enrollment in EAP courses (especially Env. St./PA/URPL 809 – Intro to Energy Analysis and Policy and Env. St. 900 – Professional Skills in Energy Analysis and Policy)
  • Among excellent candidates, diversity in terms of department of graduate degree, professional interests, and country/state of origin will also be considered.
  • One of the scholarships will be awarded to a student whose graduate studies bring together the fields of energy and health.

Graduate student awardees must

  • Remain actively enrolled in a graduate or professional program and make progress toward completing the EAP certificate or minor, typically over a 2-year period.
  • Write a thank you letter to Wes and Ankie Foell (or to Summerdale, Inc. for the student chosen for energy and health). This process should be coordinated with the EAP academic coordinator and/or EAP engagement coordinator.

Award Amount
Students will receive the $2,500 in two installments: $1,000 in the first semester, after enrolling in the EAP program and making progress toward one or more required EAP courses; and $1,500 in the semester in which they will complete the certificate or minor requirements.

Awards will be made on a rolling basis starting February 15, 2021, with a final application deadline of September 10, 2021.

About EAP
Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) is a graduate-level certificate or doctoral minor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies that can be completed by students in nearly any graduate program at UW-Madison, usually without adding time or cost to their graduate degree program.

EAP’s interdisciplinary curriculum gives students the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in industry, government, consulting, non-profits, and other roles in the energy field. The curriculum considers scientific, technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. It examines topics in energy resources, market structures, public utilities, technology, linkages to the environment, demand for energy services, and public policy. Every EAP student also gains experience in designing, conducting, and communicating analysis for real-world clients in the energy sector.

Professional development is also a key focus of the EAP program. Activities in this area include a professional skills seminar, alumni networking events, and an annual field trip to visit energy sector employers. EAP also offers small grants to students to defray the cost of attending professional development events.

Contact: EAP academic coordinator, Scott Williams (

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies