Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship

The Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship Program is offered by the US SIF Foundation in collaboration with its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Up to ten undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to or interested in a career in sustainable, responsible and impact investment (SRI) can receive scholarships to cover the registration costs for the US SIF Annual Conference, A New Climate for Investing in Impact, including Member Day (May 10-12, 2017).  We encourage applications from the broadest possible candidate pool. These scholarships are made possible through the support of Campbell Soup Company and the Calvert Foundation.   
The scholarship program is named for Peter DeSimone, a 20-plus year veteran of the SRI community. Peter worked at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in the mid-1990s, initially focusing on South Africa’s post-apartheid transition. He was a US SIF staff member for several years, inaugurating the position of Policy Director, and helped launch our first conference.  He also helped found the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2), which provides impartial research to institutional investors. 

The main objectives of the Scholarship Program are:
  1. To encourage students to enter the field of sustainable,  responsible and impact investment upon graduation; and
  2. To provide an opportunity for students to learn directly from leaders and experts in the field of SRI, enhance their knowledge, network and make professional contacts with US SIF member firms and organizations as well as other institutions attending our conference.
  Scholarship recipients receive:
  • A scholarship for registration for US SIF’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL – May 2017 (does not include transportation, housing or coverage of incidental expenses, but we will help pair you with another scholar if you wish to share a room); and  
  • A scholarship to attend US SIF Foundation’s in-person course, Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, which will take place during the conference.

Applications are closed for the 2017 Annual Conference. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, March 17. Contact Amy Johnson at ajohnson(at) or 202-747-7820 with any questions.