Teaching Green Fellowship

Fellowship at a Glance

Recipient Faculty
Category Teaching,  Green Chemistry,  Travel,  Research
Amount$15,000 + travel
DeadlineSeptember 1, 2023


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.

  • Applications Will Open in June 2023.


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 2023 will be considered for the 2024 Teaching Green Chemistry Fellowship, with travel funding provided for the 2024 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 2024 Teaching Green Chemistry Fellowship is 11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on September 1, 2023. 

How to Apply

Applications will open in June 2023 and applicants may apply using the ACS Green Chemistry Institute application portal. To use the portal you will need to have or create a free ACS ID. 

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 December 31st.


ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future

Contact Information

Email: gci@acs.org

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