The Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech offers faculty the opportunity to compete for graduate student fellowship funding in support of cutting-edge research to advance technologies and applications in the bioeconomy. Each year, the endowment supports more than 40 students on four-year fellowships who conduct faculty-directed research.
In 2014, the Georgia Institute of Technology received a major grant from the Institute of Paper Chemistry Foundation (IPCF). One of the largest gifts in Georgia Tech’s history, it affirmed the Institute’s position as the leading driver in the forest bioproducts arena.
RBI has one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating programs in Paper Science & Engineering. Since our inception in 1929, we have been at the forefront of concentrated research efforts within the paper and pulp industries—leaders in biorefining long before the term was coined.
Over the past decade, the research mission of IPST, RBI’s predecessor, has broadened beyond papermaking to include technologies that produce chemicals, biofuels and new material products from forest raw materials. The new name Renewable Bioproducts Institute reflects this broader research scope designed to better serve the global development of new forest-based economies. Accordingly, the emphasis of the PSE fellowships will reflect this evolving portfolio.