Zambia International Research Experience for Students

Image on the top left showing students having dinner, top right shows students and faculty collecting water samples in the field, bottom left show elephants at a Zambian national park, and bottom left shows a 100 plus-year old African tortoise

    Georgia College and Colorado School of Mines received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the International Research Experience for Students program to study heavy metal pollution, phytoremediation and biofuel production in the abandoned mine waste site in Zambia. Under this funding a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students will be supported to conduct research in Zambia for six weeks in the summer of 2022 – June – July.

    Application for the Summer 2022 (Cohort 1) is no open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

    • Application Deadline : Jan 15th 2022
    • Interviews: Jan 16 – 25th  2022
    • Selection Notification: Jan 31st 2022

    Year 1 Cohort:

    Summer 2021 Cohort will identify and characterize abandoned mine tailing sites for remediation trials, plants to be used, assess potential for biofuel production from June 8th to July 13th (Subject to change) in Zambia, South Central Africa

    Program Summary

    • International research experience with potential for long-term impacts 
    • Contributing to sustainability and climate action-related research 
    • Mentoring from local experts in various fields 
    • Strong, local partnerships with in-country partnering institutions
    • Experience African culture from the Zambian perspective 
    • Opportunity to build professional network and invaluable lasting friendships


    (students belonging to underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply)

    • Full time college students who are US citizens or permanent residents
    • Full time college student with at least 1 year left on the program at the of applying
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Able to travel to Zambia and stay for the entire six weeks of research
    • Able to continue research for at least one semester after the returning from Zambia .
    • Possess a valid U.S. passport with an expiration date no earlier than 6 months after the date of the return flight
    • Able and willing to comply with all safety, security, and healthy measures required by the program and local authorities/communities in Zambia.

    Preferences and attributes

    • Flexible, open minded and adaptable
    • Interest in future research
    • Ability to work in teams and with a diverse group of people
    • Capable of enduring challenges in the field
    • Open to new ideas and different perspectives

    How to apply:

    Submit an application that includes the following to Dr. Sam Mutiti at (for GC applicants) or Dr. Rennie Kaunda  at (for CSM applicants)

    1. Application cover form (email to request cover form)
    2. A statement of interest – 1 Page long
    3. A C.V. or Resume
    4. Current and up-to-date transcripts
    5. Two letters of endorsement/support (at least one has to be from a college faculty) – faculty to email the letters to Dr. Mutiti at or Dr. Kaunda at