Teaching Green Fellowship

Fellowship at a Glance

Recipient Faculty
Category Teaching,  Green Chemistry,  Travel,  Research
Amount$15,000 + travel
DeadlineSeptember 20, 2024


To recognize innovation and creativity in the development of new and/or significantly updated curricular materials infused with green chemistry and/or sustainability concepts.


This award will be given to a pedagogical innovator who has reimagined one or more parts of the chemistry curriculum to better prepare students for future careers in which they can work toward addressing grand global challenges such as those addressed by the U.N. SDGs. The award will consist of a certificate, $10,000 dedicated to faculty summer salary, $5,000 for summer stipend(s) for student(s) working in conjunction with faculty on greener curriculum materials, and travel support for the awardee and one student (up to $1,000 each) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E) to receive the award and present their work.


Preference will be given to instructors teaching at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) or community colleges, but all U.S-based curricular innovators are welcome to apply. 

Faculty members who have developed, piloted, deployed, and documented significant curricular innovations involving the fundamental tenets of green chemistry and/or sustainability are eligible. Curricula can include material for teaching at the undergraduate level in traditional lecture classes, laboratory classes, and/or other non-traditional modes of instruction if student success has been demonstrated convincingly. Preference will be given to teaching materials for the gateway courses (general and organic chemistry), but all undergraduate course innovations will be considered. Award winners are required to attend the annual GC&E conference and give oral and/or poster presentations about their work.

Conference Participation:

Applicants should be aware that winners are expected to attend and present at the GC&E conference during the designated year the award is bestowed. Applications submitted in 2024 will be considered for the 2025 Teaching Green Chemistry Fellowship, with travel funding provided for the 2025 GC&E conference. In addition to presenting their work, faculty awardees will join a network of previous ACS GCI awardees who may be called upon to read applications and select winners for future awards. Students who travel to the GC&E should also be prepared to give an oral or poster presentation on their research (or relevant area of study/interest) during the conference and submit a brief report to ACS GCI on their experience after the conference.


The deadline for the 2025 Teaching Green Chemistry Fellowship is 11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on September 20, 2024. 

How to Apply

Applications may be filled out by the nominee or by a nominator. All applications will be submitted on the ACS Green Chemistry Institute application portal. You will need to log in to the portal using your ACS ID. If you do not have one, you can create one for free using the prompts. Be prepared to submit the following information:

  • Nominee contact information, title, institution, years at the institution, department, research area
  • Name of reference (if different from nominator) and their contact information
  • CV
  • Letter of reference
  • Essay written by the nominee (maximum 3 pages) addressing:
    • Why you deserve the award
    • Courses, experiments, or curricula relevant to green chemistry and/or sustainability you have developed and implemented
    • Descriptions of the piloting and deployment of this curricula
    • Any other relevant green chemistry expertise or work experience
    • Student assessments or explicit measures of student outcomes, teaching success, etc., resulting from curricular innovations in green chemistry or sustainability
    • Whether these curricular materials have been published or otherwise disseminated
    • Future plans for teaching green chemistry or sustainability beyond current efforts

Judging Process

A panel of experts selected by the ACS GCI will judge the applications. This panel might include members of the scientific, educational, industrial, governmental, and environmental communities.


The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will notify applicants of award acceptance by January 24, 2025.


ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future

Contact Information

Email: gci@acs.org

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