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ICDD 2000 scholarship awards

The science of crystallography has played a key role in the development of X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and neutron diffraction for the elucidation of the atomic structure of matter. Crystallography is an interdisciplinary branch of science taught in departments of physics, chemistry, geology, molecular biology, metallurgy and material science. To encourage promising graduate students to pursue crystallographically oriented research, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has established a Crystallography Scholarship Fund. While the Ewald Prize is awarded every three years to an internationally recognized crystallographer, little effort has been made by science departments to cultivate aspiring crystallographers. Convinced of the beneficial, scientific impact of the proposed scholarships for crystallographically oriented research, the ICDD has solicited funds from private and industrial sectors to support this program. The ICDD has awarded twenty-eight scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each since 1992. The year 2000 Scholarship Award has been increased to $2,250.

Qualifications for the applicant: The applicant should be a graduate student seeking a degree with major interest in crystallography e.g. crystal structure analysis, crystal morphology, modulated structures, correlation of atomic structure with physical properties, systematic classification of crystal structures, phase identification and materials characterization. There are no restrictions on country, race, age or sex. The term of the scholarship is one year. The recipient may make application for one renewal at the end of the first year. Because a limited number of scholarships are awarded, renewal applications will be considered on a competitive basis in conjunction with all applications that have been submitted up to the closing date. 


  • Curriculum Vitae, listing degree(s) held and degree(s) sought.
  • A one page proposal by the graduate student describing the type of crystallographic research to be partially supported by scholarship.
  • A supportive letter from the sponsoring professor of an accredited university or an institute of technology on institution letterhead. 

Restrictions on the scholarship fund:

  • The scholarship stipend is to be used by the graduate student to help defray tuition and laboratory fees. A portion of the stipend may be applied to registration fees to accredited scientific meetings related to crystallography.
  • No more than one scholarship will be awarded to applicants at any one accredited institution per year.
  • The funds of the scholarship are not to be used for travel.

A committee consisting of the ICDD Chairman, the Chairman of the ICDD Technical Committee, the Chairman of the ICDD Education Subcommittee, and three or four individuals without conflict of interest administer the awarding of the scholarships. One or more accredited professors (with no conflicts of interest) may be invited to assist in the selection of successful candidates.

Applications must be received by Oct. 29, 1999. Please mail to:Secretary, ICDD, 12 Campus Boulevard Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273 USA.