The PIRE-ECCI program holds an annual fellowship competition, open to both graduate students and post-doctoral researchers working at UCSB in areas related to the PIRE-ECCI research themes of catalysis and surface science, for the purpose of conducting collaborative research with PIRE-ECCI partner groups in China. Graduate students may apply for a year of full support, including an annual stipend of $30,000, tuition and fees. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible for a year of support at 50% time, according to the payscale prescribed by UCSB's Postdoctoral Scholars' contract. The faculty research advisor is expected to provide research support for the postdoctoral fellow for the remaining 50% time. The PIRE-ECCI will also fund the cost of travel for each PIRE-ECCI fellow to China for the purpose of conducting an extended research visit (XRV), and of tuition incurred for Chinese language training at UCSB prior to the XRV.
UCSB graduate students and post-doctoral researchers working in catalysis and surface science may also apply for travel grants covering the cost of conducting collaborative research in China, without fellowship support. The China Travel Grants program has no deadline. Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis.
Eligibility information, application instructions and expectations of awardees are given below. Potential applicants can read about former fellowship winners and their XRV experiences HERE.
Eligibility: Applicants for PIRE-ECCI Fellowships and China Travel Grants must be US citizens or permanent residents, in good academic standing (for graduate students) or employed at UCSB (for postdoctoral researchers). Fellowship holders are expected to conduct a significant collaborative research project in China during the term of the fellowship.
The fellowship application should be constructed as a single pdf document, submitted by email to the Program Coordinator. The application consists of:
In order to apply, complete the application form (download here), and submit by email along with your CV and a letter of recommendation from your advisor to the program coordinator. There is no deadline; travel grants may be requested continuously throughout the year.
We are pleased that we are able to provide lodging assistance to Chinese visitors to UCSB working on PIRE-related research and programs. In order to apply for lodging assistance, complete the application form (download here), and submit by email along with your CV and a letter of recommendation from your Chinese advisor and a letter of support from your intended UCSB advisor to the program coordinator. There is no deadline; travel grants may be requested continuously throughout the year.
Please visit our sister website, IRES-ECCI, for undergraduate International research opportunities that work closely in tandem with PIRE-ECCI programs and events: http://ires-ecci.chem.ucsb.edu/.
Acceptance of a PIRE-ECCI fellowship or travel grant imparts a responsibility to inform the program immediately if the recipient is no longer eligible for the award or able to meet its expectations. PIRE-ECCI fellows are expected not to accept other employment, such as teaching, during the term of the fellowship. Fellows and travel grant recipients must attend scheduled PIRE-ECCI seminars and workshops during the academic quarter(s) in which they are supported by the program, unless they are traveling. Fellows will complete short, on-going evaluations of the program as directed by the PIRE-ECCI program evaluator. Before the end of each academic quarter of support, fellows will communicate their XRV plans, if any, for the following quarter in writing to the program coordinator. At the end of the fellowship term, or at the conclusion of any supported travel in the case of travel grant recipients, awardees will submit a written report on their research accomplishments. Publications based on work conducted with PIRE-ECCI support must acknowledge the PIRE-ECCI program.