A scholarship is offered each year to a promising scholar who wishes to study vacuum science, techniques or their application in any field. One scholarship is awarded to encourage international cooperation. The winner of the competition will spend a year in a research lab in another country.
*** Due to a restructuring of the financial basis of the Welch Scholarship the Scholarship is currently suspended. Applications for the 2014/2015 period can therefore not be considered. Information on the new structure of the Scholarship will be communicated after September 2015. ***
Applicants must make arrangements for the proposed research program with a laboratory of their choice. The laboratory must be outside the applicant's native country. Strong preference will be given to applicants who propose to study in a foreign lab in which they have not yet studied. The research must be on a topic of vacuum science, technique or application. A form outlining the research program and signed by the supervisor in the laboratory where the research is to be carried out must be submitted with the application to indicate the agreement of the laboratory and the proposed supervisor. It is expected that the successful applicant will be encouraged to publish most of the results in scientific and technical journals.
Candidates for the scholarship should have at least a Bachelors degree; a Doctoral degree is preferred.
Conditions of the scholarship:
The scholarship is offered for a one-year period starting September 1. If, for some reason, the candidate cannot begin his/her work as scheduled, he/she can begin within three months after September 1. In the case of a delay of more than three months, another candidate may be chosen. The laboratory where the candidate wishes to work must approve any delay in the commencement of work.
The amount of the Scholarship will be approximately $15,000 U.S. The scholarship holder is encouraged to seek funds in addition to the scholarship; the host laboratory may be able to provide additional funds.
The scholarship money is paid in three installments -- one of $7,500 at the beginning, another of $7,000 six months after he/she has started work, and a third of $500 upon delivery of a final report after completion of work. A brief mid-term report is required before payment of the second installment.
Researchers who applied unsuccessfully for previous Welch Scholarships may apply again. Applications for renewal of the Scholarship are not accepted.
Each candidate's application MUST include ALL of the following:
Applications submitted without ALL of the above cannot be considered.
Candidates will be informed of the results of their applications as soon as possible but probably before the beginning of August.
The successful candidate must produce satisfactory evidence (preferably in the form of examination certificates, etc.) of reasonable fluency either in the language of the country where he/she will work during the tenure of his/her scholarship or in English.
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