Opportunities with CCCI

California-China Climate Institute (CCCI) offers various opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, visiting scholars and professionals to engage in our work accelerating climate solutions in California and China. Opportunities address a range of research and policy areas, and different levels of commitment. Below is a summary of some of the types of positions possible. Opportunities will be posted here as they become available.


Research Scholarships. CCCI, in cooperation with other  organizations and foundations, offers Research Scholarships to students, faculty, and non-resident affiliates interested in climate change policy and actions in California, China and globally. For undergraduate and graduate students, the competitive scholarships are awarded to work on a specified research or policy project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Scholarship opportunities will be posted as they become available and awarded on rolling basis.

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). GSR appointments are for graduate student researchers working towards a PhD, Master’s degree or Law degree with an interest in CCCI research projects. GSR positions can focus on a specific research or policy project , or on special projects such as communications, marketing, event support and other tasks as they arise. Graduate students can work for course credit or stipend no more than 20% of the appointment.

Undergraduate Researcher (UR). Undergraduate Researcher positions are for undergraduate students working on a project under the supervision of a faculty or research affiliate or a staff member. This could be for research or policy projects or specials projects in communication, marketing, event support and office support. Positions can be taken for course credit or work-study.

Interns and Volunteers. CCCI offers intern and volunteer opportunities for students and/or professionals outside of the GSR or UR, who are interested in CCCI and willing to participate in the research or other projects at the Institute. Internships and volunteers are unpaid positions and course credit is not provided.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars. Postdoctoral fellowships are temporary appointments for individuals with doctoral degrees and want to advance their research on topics related to CCCI’s research portfolio. Visiting Scholars have an academic appointment or other employment at a different institution but will participate in short-term training, research or other program with CCCI.

Visiting Student Researchers. Visiting student researchers are enrolled in a degree-granting program at an institution of higher learning other than the University of California, but will work on a specific project at CCCI, under the supervision of a faculty member. Visiting student researcher positions are not compensated.

Affiliated Researchers. Affiliated researchers are scholars or technical experts who work with CCCI as co-leaders on specific research and/or policy projects. Research affiliates are employees of other institutions but work collaboratively with CCCI faculty affiliates or staff members on a temporary basis ranging from six months to one year. Compensation is provided for affiliated researchers.

Currently, we are looking to hire some research assistants for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 for policy research on the following topics:

  • California’s 2045 Carbon Neutral Goal and Policies
  • Low-carbon transportation and zero emission vehicles
  • Carbon pricing
  • Climate adaptation and resilience
  • Sustainable land use and climate-smart agriculture
  • Carbon capture and storage

Contact us at (ccci@berkeley.edu) for questions or expressions of interest.