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International Research Fellowships

The International Center for Materials Resarch (ICMR) at UC Santa Barbara awards International Research Fellowships to support research visits to non-US laboratories for graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty affiliated with US Institutions. Typical durations are 1 - 3 months, with award amounts for travel and expenses of up to $5000; we anticipate that the applicant will continue to receive their regular salary support from their home institution. Conference travel and fees are not supported.


The application consists of a 1-page research proposal describing the collaborative work to be pursued and emphasizing the nature and motivation of the international component, a short CV and (for students and postdocs) a letter of support from the advisor. The application materials should be sent to the ICMR Program Coordinator, sorensen@mrl.ucsb.edu. Applications are evaluated twice a year, in spring and fall. The fall deadline to submit an application is October 31st. The spring deadline to submit an application is April 30th. Applications received from May through October will be considered during the next application cycle in October 2014. Our funding structure prioritizes collaborations with countries that are not in Western Europe.

9 International Research Fellowships were awarded in Fall 2013:

Boris Dyatkin University of Technology in Dalian, China
Kurt Harris University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland
Jay Logan Lund University, Sweden
Kenneth Mineart Kiyushu University, Japan
Lily Nguyen Karlsruhrer Institute fur Technologie
Kalvis Terauds Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Brij Tewari University of California, Santa Barbara
Jaime Torres University of Wollongong, Australia
Rebecca Wilson University of Strasbourg, France

9 International Research Fellowships were awarded in Spring 2013:

Gracia El Ayle, Georgetown University CEA/CNRS in France
Michael Ignatowich, California Institute of Technology Shanghai Institute of Ceramics at the Chinese Academy of Science, China
Kristina Knesting, University of Washington Imperial College of London
Victoria Miller, UC Santa Barbara Monash University, Australia
Apu Sarkar, North Carolina State University University of Budapest, Hungary
Elham Sadeghmoghaddam, University of Hawaii Institute for Energy Technology in Norway
Tolou Shokuhfar, Michigan Technology Univ. Biomaterials Research Unit, University of Sidney
Zhongnan Xu, Carnegie Mellon University Denmark Technical University, Denmark
Peter Wells, UC Santa Barbara Oxford University, England

13 International Research Fellowships were awarded in Fall 2012:

Chris Proctor, UC Santa Barbarba University of Postdam, Germany
Shelly Arreguin, University of Washington, Seattle Slovak Academy of Sciences
Fatma Cakmak, Pennsylvania State University Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Matthew Curnan, Carnegie Mellon University University of Seul, Korea
Tyler Drye, University of Maryland Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Ievgen Govor, University of Puerto Rico Institute of Materials Sci., Athens, Greece
Jason Grebenkemper, UC Davis Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
Alexandra Holmes, UC Davis Universitat zu Koln, Germany
Michael Holmes, UC Davis Klaus Meerhotz Lab, Germany
Chris Kane, Georgetown University University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sahil Patel, UC Santa Barbara Lund Univ of Sweeden
Daniel Rubin, Harvard University Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Trevor Safko, Georgetown University Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual, Brazil

14 International Research Fellowships were awarded in Fall 2011:

Rebeca Arburto-Romero, Rice University Bio Nano Electronics Research Center at Tokyo University, Japan
Chris Broomell, UC Santa Barbara Nanyang Technlological University (NTU) in Singapore
Philip Brunner, Northwestern University Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen Stockholm, Sweden
Aviel Chaimovich, UC Santa Barbara Ben-Gurion University in Israel
Elizabeth Clark, UC Santa Barbara University of Sydney
Joanna Deek, UC Santa Barbara Technische Universitt Mnchen, Germany
Matthias Ehmke, Purdue University University of New South Wales in Sidney, Australia
Kevin Kirshenbaum, University of Maryland Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
David Poerschke, UC Santa Barbara Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Reza Shabhazian-Yassar, Michigan Technology University NIMS, Japan
Tedi-Marie Usher, Michigan Technology University University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia
Alexis Vallee-Belisle, UC Santa Barbara Howard Hospital in rural Zimbabwe
Gesine Veite, UC Santa Barbara University of Munich
Natasha Vermaak, UC Santa Barbara SIMaP-Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et Physico-Chimie Metallurgiques, Grenoble

8 International Research Fellowships were awarded in Spring 2011:

Juliana Ostos, UCSB Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
John Berezney, UCSB University of Amsterdam
Justin Poelma, UCSB Korea University, Seoul
Jain Siddharth, UCSB University of College Cork, Ireland
Stephen Donaldson, UCSB Leibniz Institute for Polmer Research in Dresden, Germany
Jarad Mason, UC Berkeley University of Insubria, Italy
Julie Karel, UC Berkeley Fermi@Elettra FEL facility in Trieste, Italy
James Rogers, UCSB Kyoto Institute of Technology

23 International Research Fellowships were awarded in Fall and Spring of 2010:

Shibu Abraham, Georgetown Campinas, Brazil
Tonya Atkins, UC Davis University of Cologne
Erich Bucholz, University of Florida cole Centrale de Lyon
Kevin Chasse, Georgia Tech VTT Technical Research Center of Finland
Matthew Enlow, Colorado School of Mines POSTEC, South Korea
Keisuke Fukatini, University of Nebraska Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center
Zachary Henson, UCSB National University of Singapore
Augusta Hofstead-Duffy, Goergetown Xiamen University
Kyle Horne, Utah State University University of Toronto
Colby Jensen, Utah State University Silesian University of Technology, Poland
Jason Kawasaki, UCSB Lund University, Sweden
Jessica Krogstad, UCSB University of Sydney
Amanda McDermott, Penn State Bragg Institute
Alexander Melville, Cornell University of Augsburg
Pan Mengchun, Northwestern University Max Planck Institute
Kennet Rivero, University of Puerto Rico Institute of Materials Science, Greece
J. Ronevich, Colorado School of Mines POSTECH, South Korea
Adrian Garcia Sega, UC San Diego University of Auckland, New Zealand
Richelle Thomas, University of Texas University of West Indies, Barbados
Amanda Trent, UC Berkeley Queensland Institute
James Wilson, Northwestern University RISO DTU, Denmark

Other Exchange Opportunities

In addition to the highly competitive Fellowships program, US-based graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty members can apply for travel support for research internships in non-US laboratories. Longer internships, and those not in Western Europe are given priority. In these cases we ask that the local hosts cover local expenses.

The ICMR Director, Tresa Pollock (pollock@engineering.ucsb.edu) or Program Coordinator sorensen@mrl.ucsb.edu) will be pleased to discuss any ideas or questions.

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