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Dr. Eduard Gubelin Research Scholarship for International Students in Switzerland, 2015

Applications are invited for Dr. Eduard Gubelin research scholarship for an innovative research project in the field of gemmology. The scholarship is available to students and researchers at MSc, PhD or post-doctoral level. Applications are welcome from eligible individuals of any nationality. The total value of the scholarship is CHF 30,000. The granted project must start within 12 months of the announcement; the end of the project (including delivery of the final report) must be within 24 months of the announcement and 18 months of the start of the project. The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2015.

Study Subject(s): Scholarship is awarded in the fields of earth sciences (mineralogy, geology, geochemistry), crystallography, chemistry, solid-state physics, material sciences, archaeology, biology, and related fields.
Course Level: Scholarship is available to students and researchers at MSc,PhD or postdoctoral level.
Scholarship Provider: The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones
Scholarship can be taken at: Switzerland

Eligibility: The scholarship is available to students and researchers at MSc, PhD or post-doctoral level. The minimum requirement for applicants is a BSc degree in earth sciences, chemistry, physics, material sciences or another exact science. The successful recipient of the grant, i.e. the applicant, must be a person rather than an institution or company. However, applicants are encouraged to submit project proposals that involve collaboration with a university or other research institute. Applicants may be no more than 40 years of age. Applications are welcome from individuals of any nationality.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Dr. Eduard Gubelin Research ScholarshipApplicants of any nationality can apply for this research scholarship.

Scholarship Description: The Dr. Eduard Gubelin Research Scholarship is intended to provide funding and support – financial, organisational and infrastructural – for a student or scientist to pursue a research project in the field of earth sciences or a related scientific field. The Dr. Eduard Gubelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones in Lucerne, Switzerland, grants the scholarship. This Association is a not-for-profit organisation based in Lucerne, Switzerland. For the scholarship, the Association collaborates closely with the Gubelin Gem Lab, which provides administrative support and supervision of the development of the successful project/applicant. This scholarship is intended for students/researchers in the fields of earth sciences (mineralogy, geology, geochemistry), crystallography, chemistry, solid-state physics, material sciences, archaeology, biology and related fields. The successful project proposal must be truly innovative, with demonstrable novel thinking; it must venture into new areas and test new concepts and methods, thus making a contribution to the advancement of gemmological knowledge.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The granted project must start within 12 months of the announcement; the end of the project (including delivery of the final report) must be within 24 months of the announcement and 18 months of the start of the project.

What does it cover? The total value of the scholarship is CHF 30,000. This amount is invested each year to support the awarded project. The recipient is the applicant who submits the project; this applicant must also be the main contributor to the project and the author of the final report. Part of the scholarship is paid to the successful recipient at the beginning of the project. After deduction of costs and expenses as described below, the balance is paid following submission of the final report. The available funds are split into three areas: i) costs and expenses directly related to the project, including travel and accommodation costs, ii) costs related to the use of analytical infrastructure, equipment and personnel, as well as costs for publication and presentation of project results, and iii) cash contributions paid directly to the successful recipient. The Association is not liable for social insurance costs.

Selection Criteria: The Association verifies that the incoming project applications comply with the administrative requirements and their suitability in terms of scientific relevance and potential. The Association will contact applicants whose projects pass these checks to acknowledge receipt and confirm that the project has been added to the list of applications for the current term. The Association may contact applicants to clarify any issues regarding their application. Following these initial checks, the Association will establish a shortlist of the best and most suitable applications, according to the criteria below. The maximum number of shortlisted applications is five; these are presented to the members of the Scientific Committee, who will evaluate the applications and rank it, using a mark ranging from 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest). For the sake of transparency and to avoid any potential conflict of interests with members of the Scientific Committee, the best and worst mark assigned to each application will not be considered. The remaining marks will be averaged and the proposal with the highest average mark will win the scholarship. In the event of a tie, the youngest participant will earn the Scholarship. The decision of the Scientific Committee is final and there is no right of appeal. After evaluation and consolidation of the decision of the Committee members, the Association will contact the successful applicant and inform him/her on the result.

Notification: The evaluation process and selection of the winning proposal will be completed by 1 September 2015 and announcement of the winning proposal will take place during September.

How to Apply: Applicants who meet the requirements set out in this document are invited to submit their research project proposal. Proposals must be submitted using the relevant form on the Gubelin Gem Lab website. In addition, applicants are also required to provide their curriculum vitae and details of their previous scientific achievements. Proposals must be in English, must not exceed 10,000 characters and should not include more than 10 illustrations, images, tables or photos.

Online Application

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2015.

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