Applicants must be able to complete the appointment within five (5) years of the award of the Ph.D. degree. Since the length of the fellowship is two years, they must be able to start their appointment by the third anniversary dates of their Ph.D. In addition, if the Ph.D. is pending at the time of application,¬†the applicant¬†must defend his/her Ph.D. thesis successfully by July 1, 2016.¬†
Applicants must have a recognized Ph.D. or equivalent in any of the fields related to nanoscience and engineering, including chemistry, physics, materials science, and electrical, chemical, and environmental engineering among others. ¬†
Applicants must contact a faculty member in the Smalley-Curl Institute (SCI) at Rice University (http://sci.rice.edu). In consultation with an SCI faculty member, the applicant must prepare a three page (maximum) research proposal in sufficient detail to describe the research problem, the approach, and expected outcome, including any anticipated applications. Two additional pages of references and figures are allowed. A letter of support (one page) must be provided by the SCI faculty member, expressing approval of the proposed research. A resume and three additional letters of recommendation are also required.¬†All applications must be received via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 1, 2016.¬†
For the 2016 award, the stipend will be $58,000 per year, plus standard staff benefits. (http://people.rice.edu/benefits.aspx) Moving expenses to Rice of up to $2,000 will be provided. Original receipts for all expenses must be provided. No moving expenses will be provided at the end of the fellowship, in keeping with the intent of the fellowship. In addition, a travel fund up to $5,000 per year is included for travel to technical conferences, and for travel essential to the performance of the research, such as to synchrotron or neutron scattering facilities. A supplies and minor equipment fund to support the Fellow‚Äôs research will be established with the advisor in the amount of up to $10,000 per year.
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