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Integrating human-centered design, innovative business models, and technological advancements with an interdisciplinary framework of development and continual impact analysis, this program provides cross-cultural learning, prototyping and scaling, and new models for productive multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Students will

  • Conduct interdisciplinary research at the nexus of food, energy, and water in collaboration with participating faculty
  • Develop 21st century skills across the InFEWS curriculum
  • Participate in development-related workshops and lab rotations
  • Have access to context-specific internship with our partner organizations and companies
  • Develop new solutions to evolving global challenges

Course Work

List of Classes for Fall 2019

The InFEWS program requires five courses (two core courses plus three electives). The course requirements are in addition to, but may overlap with, the Ph.D. course requirements of your home department. There are no formal pre-requisites to apply, however a certain level of experience with quantitative analysis is necessary to succeed in the core course (roughly equivalent to Stats 121).  All course work should be taken for a letter grade.

See listing of Development Engineering courses for InFEWS-eligible courses. The list of courses is the same for DevEng and InFEWS. Students who are terminal masters can take 1 elective, where as doctoral students are expected to complete 3 electives, with only one elective coming from the home department.

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