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Process and Guidelines for January 2015 J. Evans Attwell/Welch Fellowship

Eligibility:  Applicants must be able to complete the appointment within five 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 date 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 February 15, 2015. Existing Rice post docs are eligible to apply, but do not have any advantage over external applicants.

Applicants must have a recognized Ph.D. or equivalent in any of the fields related to nano science and engineering, including chemistry, physics, material science, and electrical, chemical, and environmental engineering among others.

Application process:  Applicants must contact a faculty member in the Smalley Institute at Rice University (  In consultation with a Smalley Institute 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, total, of references and figures are allowed.  A letter of support (one page) must be provided by the Smalley Institute 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 to John Marsh, at, by Monday, October 20, 2014.

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Amount of the award:  For the 2015 Evans Attwell award, the stipend will be $58,000 per year, plus standard staff benefits. (

Moving expenses to Rice of up to $2,000.00 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’s research will be established with the advisor in the amount of up to $10,000 per year.

Fellows will be expected to deliver presentations at scientific and technical meetings appropriate to the area of research, and to publish refereed papers.

The fellow will be expected to give one Smalley Institute seminar toward the end of the second year term.

The Fellow will be responsible for submitting a one-page progress report to the Smalley Institute director at the end of the 11th month of each year. 

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