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MEDE-MSA Research Fellowship Application Period Opens

Feb 18, 2020 | No Comments | By Jessica Liong

The United States Army Combat Capabilities Command’s Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL) and the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) maintain a strong international partnership which fosters research collaborations between the two countries. Two major materials programs focused on defense applications are the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) funded by the ARL, and the Materials for Strategic Advantage (MSA) funded by DSTL.

The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments is pleased to announce the MEDE – MSA research fellowship. This fellowship is only open to graduate students or postdocs funded on MEDE whose principal faculty advisor is a current MEDE principal investigator (PI). This research fellowship will enable current MEDE graduate students or postdocs the opportunity to participate in research activities at a university in the United Kingdom (UK). The fellowship will provide $6,000 (US) to support travel, housing and incidental costs. It is expected that the fellowship will be approximately eight weeks in duration, mostly likely during the summer months in 2020.

Before applying, the graduate student/postdoc and their MEDE PI should contact a prospective faculty member at a university located in the UK to coordinate the fellowship research focus and logistics. The intent of this fellowship is to provide a broadening experience and to foster research collaborations.

Interested graduate students and postdocs should submit an application which includes:

  1. Current curriculum vitae of applicant;
  2. Description of the planned research activities;
  3. Name and contact information of the current MEDE PI;
  4. Name and contact information of the proposed faculty member at a university located in the UK;
  5. Proposed dates of the fellowship;
  6. A statement that acknowledges the faculty member at the UK university has agreed to host the applicant;
  7. Personal statement on how this fellowship will benefit and broaden their research.

Application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to Dr. Victor Nakano ( The deadline to submit the application materials is Friday, March 27, 2020. The selected applicant will be expected to present a poster of their experience at the 2020 MEDE Fall Meeting and/or appropriate CMRG meeting.

Administrative notes: If selected, it is the applicant’s responsibility to coordinate travel and lodging with faculty member host at the UK university. Funding for this fellowship will be subawarded to the applicant’s home MEDE university, under the applicant’s MEDE PI. The funding covers travel, housing and incidentals. Graduate student stipend or postdoc salary will be supported by the MEDE PI on their respective MEDE task budget.

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