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[USA] Graduate Program Scholarship in Crystallography by ICDD Awards - Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarships

Graduate Program Scholarship in Crystallography by ICDD Awards - Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarships

The science of crystallography has played a key role in the development of X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and neutron diffraction for the elucidation of the atomic structure of matter. Crystallography is an interdisciplinary branch of science taught in departments of physics, chemistry, geology, molecular biology, metallurgy, and material science. To encourage promising graduate students to pursue crystallographically oriented research, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has established a Crystallography Scholarship Fund, now known as the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund. Its name was recently adopted to honor the founder of the fund, Dr. Ludo Frevel. While the Ewald Prize is awarded every three years to an internationally recognized crystallographer, little effort has been made by science departments to cultivate aspiring crystallographers. Convinced of the beneficial, scientific impact of the proposed scholarships for crystallographically oriented research, the ICDD has solicited funds from private and industrial sectors to support this program. The ICDD has awarded 99 scholarships since 1991. The year 2009 Scholarship Awards were in the amount of $2,500 each. Since the scholarship`s inception in 1991, $224,750 has been awarded to aspiring crystallographers. Applications for the year 2010 awards must be received by ICDD no later than 30 October 2009.

Qualifications for the applicant: The applicant should be a graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program during the 2010 calendar year, with major interest in crystallography e.g. crystal structure analysis, crystal morphology, modulated structures, correlation of atomic structure with physical properties, systematic classification of crystal structures, phase identification and materials characterization. There are no restrictions on country, race, age or sex. The term of the scholarship is one year. The recipient may make application for one renewal at the end of the first year. Because a limited number of scholarships are awarded, renewal applications will be considered on a competitive basis in conjunction with all applications that have been submitted up to the closing date.

Application Procedure:
All applications are to be submitted via the ICDD web site (see link below). Please follow the instructions below. The preferred method of application is via the web; however, if you require an alternate method, please contact Eileen Jennings - E-mail: or Tel: +610-325-9814.

The on-line application will request you to upload the following information in the form of two separate PDF documents. The on-line application will also request you to provide the contact information for your primary research advisor. An e-mail will be sent to this advisor seeking a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Please prepare the following in advance of applying on-line.

A description of the candidate`s proposed research (limit 2 pages) including:
Purpose and rationale for the research
Proposed methodology to be used in the study
References and/or descriptions of the scientific background for the proposed research

A vitae including:
Educational preparation (institutions, dates, degrees obtained and in progress, and particularly pertinent coursework)
Awards, honors received
Any research publications and/or presentations given
Any work experience (dates, employers, positions)
Professional activities, memberships

Evaluation of applications:
The amount of available funding limits the number of scholarships that can be granted in any given year. A selection committee will evaluate the applications received to determine which are most deserving of a scholarship. These evaluations consider both the proposal (impact, innovativeness, originality, efficacy of approach, and relationship to crystallography) and the student (recommendation letter, educational track record, prior work and/or research, honors, awards, and professional activities) in determining which applicants will receive the award.

There is a limitation of one award per educational institution. In the event that two or more candidates from one institution are considered to be among the top applicants, only one will be given an award.

In 2010, the committee will award up to 10 scholarships of $2,500. In order to broaden the geographic distribution of the scholarships, the committee will give special consideration to applicants in regions which have been underrepresented in the past. These include Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. We encourage applicants from these regions to apply.

Restrictions on the scholarship fund:
The scholarship award is to be used by the graduate student to help defray tuition and laboratory fees. A portion of the award may be applied to registration fees to accredited scientific meetings related to crystallography.
No more than one scholarship will be awarded to applicants at any one accredited institution per year.
The funds of the scholarship are not to be used for travel.

A committee consisting of the ICDD Scholarship Committee Chairman, the ICDD Chairman, the Chairman of the ICDD Education Subcommittee, the ICDD Corporate Secretary and individuals without conflict of interest administer the awarding of the scholarships. One or more accredited professors (with no conflicts of interest) may be invited to assist in the selection of successful candidates.

Scholarship awards are made possible by donations from both individuals and corporations to the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be directed to the Crystallography Scholarship Fund at the address below.

Applications must be received by 30 October 2009.

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