Would you like to immerse yourself into an international scientific community during your PhD? Are you interested in interdisciplinary education with intercultural experiences?
Then you might want to consider becoming an IRES Fellow and broadening your educational experience!

Images (from left): RWTH at night, Magnetic resonance facility, RWTH in the historic city of Aachen

Images (from left): RWTH at night, Magnetic resonance facility, RWTH in the historic city of Aachen


PhD students in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering at UCSB, UC Berkeley and UCLA are encouraged to apply to become IRES Fellows. You will perform research in summer 2019 at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany on the topics, and at the interface, of catalysis, chemical transformation, modeling and characterization. A conference visit to Europacat 2018 or the ICMRM 2019 can top off your summer research stay.

You will receive a summer stipend of $5500, while your travel expenses and accommodation are covered.

UC-RWTH Partnership
Expert groups in advanced characterization at UCSB, UC Berkeley, UCLA and the RWTH Aachen University in Germany joined together to pool their advanced analytical tools to work on integrated problem-solving in synergistic collaboration with chemistry and engineering colleagues.

A cohort of 6 graduate students per year will be selected and recruited as IRES fellows.

Application Window: December 1, 2018 – until positions are filled
Selection Criteria: Inspire collaboration between faculty, applicant quality and applicant motivation
Selection Date and Announcement: Early 2019
Research stay abroad: June 22-August 17, 2019 at RWTH Aachen University. Activities include:

  • IRES welcome and kick-off workshop, excursions to industries and historic sites, and
  • IRES concluding seminar in week 8 at the RWTH Aachen University
  • Conference visit: EuropaCat 2019, August 18-23, 2019, Aachen or ICMRM 2019, August 18-22, 2019, Paris

The application package should include the following items in the listed order, within a single PDF file.

  1.  A 1-page cover letter in which the motivation and goals of the applicant for research abroad at the RWTH, in the context of his/her future career objectives, are succinctly stated.
  2.  A 2-page curriculum vitae (in quality and format that would qualify for a job application)
  3.  Two letters of agreement expressed in a short paragraph, 1 from the host faculty at the RWTH and 1 from the current or prospective advisor at UCSB, UCLA or UCB, supporting the applicant.
  4.  A written proposal of the research to be carried out at the RWTH, limited to no more than 3 pages (Arial, 11pt font, standard margins). The proposal should address the following questions: Title and  goal of proposed research in one sentence. What specific research project do you propose to pursue at the RWTH? Have you connected to faculty / labs at the RWTH? How does this project connect to your own PhD project? The connection of your summer research to your PhD studies may be broadly defined. What are your goals for your PhD studies?

Find participating RWTH Aachen faculty and project ideas here:

Please submit applications to: with the subject line “IRES application 2019”.


Images (from left):  Aachen cathedral at night, Charlemagne emperor