Research Fellows Program

About the Philomathia Fellows Program at UC Berkeley

The Philomathia Fellows Program was established in 2013 with generous support from the Philomathia Foundation. The Philomathia Fellows Program is designed to attract and support a Fellow with a special interest in cutting-edge research on energy systems and/or climate change, to build research capacity, and to foster a robust community of faculty, students and staff engaged in education and interdisciplinary research activities. We welcome a broad range of proposed research agendas, with the primary criteria for selection being (1) the quality of individual’s track record and future projects, along with (2) the expected impact of the Fellow’s work and (3) the prospects for developing new interdisciplinary collaborations during the Fellowship period. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work will lead to both academic publications and substantive engagement with external business, media, and/or policy communities.   

In addition to conducting cutting-edge research in energy and/or climate change, the Philomathia Fellow is expected to participate in

  • Monthly faculty steering committee meetings;
  • Quarterly external advisory board meetings;
  • Our annual Philomathia Forum;
  • Opportunities that arise to build relationships with new partners on campus, at LBNL, and outside the academic environment.

The Fellowship is a two year appointment that includes a competitive salary, benefits and a $25,000 research fund.  Successful candidates for this Fellowship will have a Ph.D  in a discipline related to energy and climate.  Examples include, but are not limited to architecture, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, law, public policy, social science, urban planning, as well as interdisciplinary environmental programs.

Applications are accepted from individuals who will have been awarded a doctoral degree within the last three years.

Applicants cannot hold a paid or unpaid position on the Berkeley campus at the time of application or throughout the competition and award cycle.


Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A resume or CV listing education and degrees, including expected date of award of doctoral degree if not yet completed and a full list of publications.
  3. A sample of recent research work in the form of a reprint of a peer-reviewed journal article or a manuscript in preparation.
  4. A statement outlining a research project to be undertaken during the fellowship (1200 words or less).
  5. Contact information for four references.

Apply for the Philomathia Fellowship