The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship is an annual grant allocated to an innovative research project in the field of gemmology awarded by The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones – a non-profit entity of the Gübelin Group. The scholarship is intended to provide funding and support to MSc/PhD students or post-doctoral researchers in the fields of earth sciences (mineralogy, geology, geochemistry), crystallography, chemistry, physics, material sciences, archaeology, biology, and related fields, to pursue a research project in the field of earth sciences or a related scientific field.
The successful project proposal has to be truly innovative, with demonstrable novel thinking; it must venture into new areas, test new concepts and methods, and hence contribute to the advancement of gemmological knowledge.
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 hard 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.
No employment relationship will exist between the scholarship recipient and the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones, the Gübelin Gem Lab or any other entity of the Gübelin Group. As such, the Association is not liable for social insurance costs.
For the final selection of the proposed project, a Scientific Committee has been convened consisting of the following representatives from the academic community (in alphabetical order):
- Dr. Thomas Armbruster – Professor of Mineralogical Crystallography, University of Berne, Switzerland
- Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch – Professor of Physics, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and University of Nantes, France
- Dr. Lee A. Groat – Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
- Dr. George E. Harlow – Curator, American Museum of Natural History, Division of Physical Sciences (Earth and Planetary Sciences), USA
- Dr. Liu Shang I, Edward – Research Geologist, Mineralogical Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Dr. Taijin Lu – Chief Researcher, Beijing Institute, National Gems and Jewelry Technology Administrative Center (NGTC), China
- Dr. George R. Rossman – Professor of Mineralogy, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, USA
- Dr. F. Lin Sutherland – Adjunct Professor, School of Science & Health, North Parramatta Campus, University of Western Sydney, Australia0
Application and selection process
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 Gübelin Gem Lab website. In addition, applicants are also required to provide their curriculum vitae and details of their previous scientific achievements.
The project proposal can include (if considered advantageous to the project) a period of time in the Gübelin Gem Lab in Lucerne, Switzerland. The applicant has the opportunity to use the infrastructure and resources of the Gübelin Gem Lab, including the Gübelin Reference Collection and the analytical equipment, and will receive support from the scientists in the Gübelin Gem Lab.
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.
Proposals must be in English, must not exceed 10,000 characters and should not include more than 10 illustrations, images, tables or photos.
The opening date for submission of applications for the next scholarship term is 1 January 2015. The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2015. 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. 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 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.
The Association reserves the right to revoke a scholarship and to make a claim for reimbursement if:
- the terms are not adhered to or the Association has other good reason for revocation
- the scholarship was obtained on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information
- the conditions imposed by the Association are not met at all or are not met within the deadlines set by the Associatio
- the scholarship has not been claimed one year after its award and no credible reason has been supplied
- the funds have not been used for the direct purpose stated
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