The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones ― a not-for-profit entity of the Gübelin Group ― presents the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship, an annual grant allocated to an innovative research project in the field of gemmology.
The scholarship is directed at 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. 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.
Scientific Committee: 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, Australia
Goal: 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.
Scholarship provider: 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.
Target: 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. See also conditions and timelines below.
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.
No employment relationship will exist between the scholarship recipient and the Dr. Eduard Gubelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones, the Gubelin Gem Lab or any other entity of the Gubelin Group. As such, 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
Deliverables: A compulsory deliverable of the project is a final report, written by the successful recipient for the benefit of the Association. A summary of the final report and additional key results will be made available on the Gubelin Gem Lab website.
In addition to this final report, the Association encourages and supports the publication of research papers based on insights gained during the supported project. Part of the available funds may be used to support scientific publications, such as the payment of fees for published results of this study in open source journals. The support of the scholarship and the Association must be acknowledged in all research publications that use data and information arising from the supported project.
The Association asks that it is informed in advance of any publications arising from a funded project. The Association should receive one electronic and three paper copies of each publication containing data or insights arising from the supported project.
Intellectual property: The successful recipient will be required to enter into a written agreement assigning any inventions produced by the recipient, alone or in collaboration with staff from the Gubelin Gem Lab, during work on the project to the Association, regardless of whether the inventions are protected. The successful recipient is, however, granted a lifelong licence to use their inventions free of royalties; such licence is issued in favour of the successful recipient only and can not be transferred to any third party, including companies controlled by the successful recipient or which employ them.