For the advancement of gemmological science
Launch of the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship
The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones ― a not-for-profit entity of the Gübelin Group ― announces the establishment of the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship, an annual grant to be allocated to an innovative research project in the field of gemmology.
Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin (1913-2005) devoted his life and career to the study of gemstones and to advancing the science of gemmology. After celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dr. Gübelin last year, the introduction of this scholarship coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Gübelin Gem Lab, established in 1924. The annual Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship will support a cutting-edge research project in the field of gemmology in the broadest sense.
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.
The scholarship will be granted once a year to a scientist for a proposed research project. Depending on the type of project, the research might involve collaboration with the Gübelin Gem Lab. This could entail the use of its assets, resources and knowledge database, including access to analytical equipment and samples from the Gübelin Reference Collection, as well as support and collaboration with its research staff.
The overall annual value of the scholarship is CHF 30,000 (USD 33,000).
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
These individuals will select the winning project and applicant from the shortlisted applications.
The Call for Applications for the first allocation of the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship is now issued. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014. The name of the successful project and applicant for the 2014 scholarship will be announced in September 2014.
Guidelines for applications
Goal: The Dr. Eduard Gübelin 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 related field of science.
The project receiving the grant ideally – but not necessarily – includes a period of time in the Gübelin Gem Lab, e.g. for performing analyses. The applicant has the possibility to use the infrastructure and resources of the Gübelin Gem Lab, including the Gübelin Reference Collection and the analytical equipment, and to receive support from the scientists of the Gübelin Gem Lab.
Scholarship provider: The Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones in Lucerne, Switzerland is the entity granting the scholarship. This Association is a not-for-profit organisation based in Lucerne, Switzerland. Regarding the scholarship, the Association is cooperating closely with Gübelin Gem Lab Ltd. in Lucerne, Switzerland, the latter providing administrative support as well as 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 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. See also possible limitations and available timelines below.
Eligibility: The scholarship is available to students and researchers at MSc, PhD or post-doctoral level. In order to qualify, 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, not an institution or company. However, applicants are encouraged to submit project proposals that involve collaboration with a university or another research institute. Applicants may be no more than 40 years of age. Applications are welcome from eligible individuals of any nationality.
There shall be no employment relationship 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 shall not be liable for social security costs.
Frequency and number of scholarships: Provided that suitable projects are submitted, the scholarship is granted on the basis of one project per calendar year. The scholarship is issued to an individual for a proposed project. The successful applicant will receive formal confirmation of having been awarded the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship for 20xx.
Application and selection process: Applicants meeting 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 to submitting their research project proposal, applicants are required to provide details of their previous scientific achievements as well as their curriculum vitae.
The Association checks the incoming project proposals for compliance with the administrative requirements, as well as for suitability in terms of scientific relevance and potential. The Association will contact applicants submitting projects that successfully 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 establishes a shortlist of suitable proposals, based on their relevance and potential. The shortlisted proposals are then forwarded to the members of the Scientific Committee, who will assess the proposals and select the project they consider is best qualified to receive the scholarship. The proposal receiving the highest number of votes by the members of the committee will earn the scholarship. The decision of the committee is final and there is no right of appeal. After having checked the committee's votes, the Association will contact the successful applicant and inform him/her of the result.
Guidelines for the project proposal: Only proposals in English are accepted. The proposal must not exceed 10,000 characters, and can include no more than ten illustrations, images, tables or photos.
Timelines: The Call for Applications is issued on 1 January for the next scholarship term. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June; The evaluation process and selection of the winning proposal is completed by 1 September; Announcement of the winning proposal takes place during September. The granted project starts within 12 months of the announcement; The end of the project (including the delivery of the final report) is within 24 months of the announcement / within 18 months of the start of the project.
Call for Applications issued on 1 January for the next scholarship term; Deadline for submitting applications 30 June; Evaluation process and selection of winning proposal by 1 September; Announcement of the winning proposal during September. Project starts within 12 months of the announcement; The end of the project (including the delivery of the final report) is within 24 months of the announcement / within 18 months of the start of the project.
Financials: 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 submitting 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) to cover costs and expenses directly related to the project, including travel and accommodation costs of the successful recipient, ii) costs related to the use of the infrastructure, analytical equipment and other resources of the Gübelin Gem Lab, as well as costs relating to the publication of the results of the project, and iii) a cash contribution paid directly to the successful recipient. The Association shall not be liable for social security 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 revoking its grant
- the scholarship was obtained on the basis of incorrect or incomplete details
- conditions imposed by the Association are not met at all or are not met within the deadlines set by the Association
- the scholarship has not been claimed one year after having been awarded and no credible reason has been given for this
- 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 website of the Gübelin Gem Lab.
In addition to this final report, the Association encourages the publication of research papers based on insights gained during the supported project. Parts of the available funds can be used to support scientific publications, such as paying fees for publishing results of this study in open source journals. The support of the scholarship and of the Association must be acknowledged in all research publications using data and information arising from the supported project.
The Association asks that it be informed in advance of any publications arising from a project it is funding. The Association receives an 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 successful recipient alone or in collaboration with staff from the Gübelin Gem Lab during the work on the successful project to the Association, whether or not the inventions are protected. The successful recipient is, however, granted a lifelong licence to use his/her inventions free of any royalties; such licence is issued in favour of the successful recipient only and cannot be transferred to any third party, including companies controlled by the successful recipient or employing him or her.
Applicants for the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship are required to provide personal details as well as information about their academic achievements. All entered and uploaded data will be stored by Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identification of Precious Stones for the purpose of processing the application. The submitted data and information will not be passed on to third parties, except to Gübelin Gem Lab and to the members of the Scientific Committee. The Association, Gübelin Gem Lab and other entities of the Gübelin Group will use certain information on the successful recipient (such as name, previous achievements) and a brief description his/her proposed project for press releases and other PR purposes. This form may only be used to make an application for the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship. The Association reserves the right to delete application data without prior notification, if necessary.
Important note: the deadline for submitting project proposals is 30 June. Applications for the scholarship of the subsequent year can be submitted from 1 January of the following year.