The NSF has awarded the BCGC a 3.4 million dollar training grant to launch a graduate training program in the area of sustainable energy

The primary goal of the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant is to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, toxicologists, policy-makers, and business leaders to shape the country's green chemistry and clean energy economy. Using a Systems Approach to Green Energy (SAGE) the program will foster technology innovations in solar energy, biofuel, and energy storage systems using principles of green chemistry and engineering.

Students who are awarded this fellowship will get the opportunity to work with graduate students and professors from across campus who are interested in bringing about a more sustainable energy future. 

SAGE IGERT Fellows will be recruited from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the College of Chemistry, the College of Natural Resources, College of Engineering, Goldman School of Public Policy and the Haas School of Business. IGERT candidates will participate in core interdisciplinary course work and research relating to green chemistry. They will also be advised by interdisciplinary dissertation committees.

In addition to recieving research funding, SAGE fellows will also have the opportunity to collaborate with our international partners, initiate new interdisciplinary research projects, and work with our off-campus partners. 

Interested students will identify faculty support from at least two different departments. 

A list of current facutly associated with the SAGE program can be found here, and we encourage students to reach out to these and other faculty doing research relating to green energy. 



Read more about the program:

College of Chemistry press release

Public Health press release

ESPM press release 

College of Natural Resourse press release

Haas School of Business press release


We are now accepting applications for the 2016 SAGE IGERT cohort. Click here for details.

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Student Eligibility:

Enrolled in a PhD program in the College of Chemistry, College of Natural Resources (including Energy & Resources Group), Haas School of Business, School of Public Health, Goldman School of Public Policy, or College of Engineering,


Have at least 2 years remaining in your graduate program. (Preference will be given to students in their first 3 years of graduate school)


Are a US citizen or permanent resident.





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