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UC GFI Fellowships at Berkeley Lab

2018–2019 GFI Fellowships (awards pending)

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) offers student fellowships that allow two  undergraduate or graduate students (18 years or older) to work on research projects related to the UC Global Food Initiative.

CURRENT APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN —applications due May 28, 2018

About the Fellowship

The UC Global Food Initiative involves all 10 UC campuses, UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR), and Berkeley Lab. It aims to align the University’s research, outreach and operations in a sustained effort to develop, demonstrate, and export solutions throughout California, the United States, and the world for food security, health and sustainability. The fellowships support research related to UC Global Food Initiative in collaboration with scientific staff at Berkeley Lab.

Projects focused on mining existing data for insights on California agriculture and its response to climate are particularly encouraged. Proposed projects must be focused and achievable, and substantially complete by May 2019.

System wide activities for the program will begin with an orientation on July 9, 2018 at UC Santa Barbara. System wide activities will also include a spring field trip, and a closing symposium and poster presentation to be held in conjunction with the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference in June/July2019. Please note, all GFI Fellows are expected to attend the system wide events.

The UC President’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship is enabled by the UC Office of the President and by the support of the Berkeley Lab’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area.

Appointment Term and Benefits

Successful applicants will serve during the 2018-2019 academic year. The fellowship recipient will receive an honorarium of up to $4,000. Depending on the research project, the recipient will have access to computational resources (computer and computing facility  resources), a desk, lab or field instrumentation, and work space, and will receive training in techniques, applications and equipment.

Fellowship Participant Expectations

It is expected that UC President’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship participants will work in close collaboration with Berkeley Lab staff to carry out innovative research related to the UC Global Food Initiative. In addition, participants will present posters at a UC system wide symposium in June/July next year (date to be determined).


Berkeley Lab accepts undergraduate and graduate student applications (18 years or older). Applicants must be enrolled in a higher education institution. Please note: Berkeley Lab is part of the federally supported U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory system. Therefore some applicants may require special processing that may impact the ability for the candidate to begin the project on time.

Selection Criteria and Process

Candidates will be selected based on eligibility and applicant statements. The overriding consideration of the selection committee will be initiative and promise demonstrated by the candidate.

How to Apply

Applicants must first identify a Berkeley Lab mentor and are welcome to reach out to Peter Nico, Berkeley Lab UC GFI Program Lead, for assistance in identifying a suitable mentor.

The applicant must then complete an application form which includes:

  • Statement of related experience and skills
  • Description of the proposed project (short, e.g 500 words or less)
  • Name of Berkeley Lab Mentor

Additional Information

About the UC Global Food Initiative:

About Berkeley Lab:

About the UC Global Food Initiative at Berkeley Lab:

For more fellowship opportunities and other educational and research internship programs at Berkeley Lab also visit the Workforce Development & Education Office website: