The U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) funds the Global Change Education Program (GCEP) to promote undergraduate and graduate education and training supportive of the Department’s global change research activities.

Global change research encompasses a number of technical areas, including atmospheric sciences, ecology, global carbon cycles, climate, and terrestrial processes. Global change research is supported by BER through the following:

* Atmospheric System Research (ASR)
* Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility (ACRF)
* Terrestrial Carbon Processes (TCP) effort
* Program for Ecosystem Research (PER), and studies carried out under the direction of the National Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR)
* Climate Change Prediction Program (CCPP)
* Integrated Assessment Program (IAP)

These programs focus efforts to better understand Earth system processes and to provide the best possible scientific information to policy and/or decision makers.

The GCEP provides opportunities to participate in research areas related to global change. Disciplines include: physical sciences; earth, environmental, and marine sciences. Additional disciplines: atmospheric sciences, ecology.

Locations for graduate students include the U.S. Department of Energy facilities and universities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate school unless they have participated previously in the SURE program.
  • Minority and female students are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount:

Graduate stipend: $1,500 monthly; tuition and fees not to exceed $10,000 per academic year; academic research allowance at $1,200 per academic year.

How to Apply:

Application are available October 1, 2009 for the GREF program beginning the following September.


  • Check with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to determine if application is complete.
  • Provide official transcripts for each college/university or technical school attended.
  • Transcripts must be at ORISE on or before January 11, 2010.
  • References are required from a faculty advisor, Department of Energy research mentor, and either a professor or employer. Print or email references to ORISE or to gcep@orau.gov. References must also be received at ORISE on or before January 11, 2010.


Dr. Jeffrey Gaffney, Mentoring Coordinator, University of Arkansas at Little Rock at jsgaffney@uair.edu or (501) 569-8840;

Dr. Nancy Marley, Assistant Mentoring Coordinator, University of Arkansas at Little Rock at namarley@uair.edu or (501) 569-8844;

Dr. Milton Constantin, Program Manager, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education at milton.constantin@orau.org or (865) 576-7

Deadline: Before 11:59:59 p.m. EST December 31, 2009.

For more detailed information:

Global Change Education Program

Phone: (865) 576-7009 Fax: (865) 241-9445

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

120 Badger Avenue, M.S. 36 / P.O. Box 117

Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

For more information: http://www.orau.gov/gcep/Graduate/GREFInstruct.htm
Note: Please do not contact the Green Economy Post regarding this opportunity.  We re not affiliated with the sponsoring organization, and therefore have no additional information. Sometimes the link is changed for the opportunities.  When this happens, go to the home page of the organizers to locate information on the opportunity or contact the organization directly.

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Author: Janet Palma (4 Articles)

Currently I work for the City and County of San Francisco Public Health Department in Environmental Health. I also have my own environmental planning consulting business. I have worked as an environmental planner for the past 12 years for the Port of Oakland and as a consultant.