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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Any full-time Masters or PhD student interested in conducting research at the nexus of food, water, and energy systems is eligible to be a part of the program. Please see the admissions page for more info.

There IS substantial overlap between the Development Engineering DE in the InFEWS program, and it is completely possible to do without adding any additional elements to your normative degree time. If you are applying to become a funded InFEWS Fellow, we strongly encourage you to enroll in the DE as preference will be given to DE students for funding.
However, if the DE does not work for you for any reason, you are not required to enroll in the DE to take advantage of the InFEWS program, and you will be eligible to take advantage of all the elements of InFEWS.

No! Any full-time Masters or PhD student is eligible to become an InFEWS Fellow. As a fellow, you are eligible to participate in all InFEWS events, internship opportunities, and unique co-mentorship opportunities in the program.
However, you DO need to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to be eligible for the funding opportunity. Select fellows will be considered to receive one year of cost-of-instruction support (tuition and fees) and a stipend ($34,000). Please see the admissions page for more info.

For current InFEWS Fellows who did not previously receive the fellowship ($34k stipend, plus tuition and fees), and are eligible under NSF rules (US citizen or permanent resident), you may submit an updated statement, in pdf, by the application deadline (Feb 11, 2019, 5pm) to and CC: pyael [at] and agogino [at], with the subject line “Current InFEWS Fellow – Fellowship Application“. The updated statement should summarize your research interests and how you intend to focus your research at the nexus of food, water, and energy. It should additionally describe progress you have made in the prior year on these goals. Progress made may include any educational or employment background in issues related to development economics or development engineering. (500 word limit).

Please reach out to Yael Perez at

National Science FoundationThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-1633740. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship