IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity

The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity. 

Historical Background:


GSF presentation at MT26
Bruce Strauss, Federica Pierro, Lorenzo Bortot, Joe Minervini
Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of an honorarium of US$ 5,000 and a suitably inscribed certificate.
IEEE Council on Superconductivity will provide the funding for these awards:
- Each Award will have an associated honorarium of US $5,000.
- Funds for this award will be provided by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
- The maximum number of awards in a given year will be determined by the number of highly qualified candidates and the total Fellowship budget provided by the Council on Superconductivity for that year.
- The IEEE Council on Superconductivity’s budget will remain net positive with the inclusion of funding for these fellowships.
Awards may be announced at the Applied Superconductivity Conference, at the Magnet Technology conference, or at other events designated by the President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
Basis for Judgement:
Award recipients will be selected based upon, in rank order: the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research, impact of their potential research in superconductivity and their financial need. If a conflict of interest for any voting member or ex-officio member is identified with respect to an application for award, such as an application from a student with institutional or familial ties to the member, the member shall recuse themselves from the selection process for the application.
To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity. The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work. Award recipients will be selected based upon the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research or the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. We expect to distribute the Awards equally across the electronics, materials and large-scale areas of superconductivity. In addition, the awards will be distributed across a diverse range of universities or colleges in terms of applications and geographical location. The CSC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity can be awarded to an individual not more than two times.
Application Details:

Application form and all letters of support need to be submitted by 24 January 2020.

Application Form:


Emily Toomey

During the past four years, I have researched thermal nonlinearities in superconducting nanowires and how to use them for the development of new devices. In my future work, I aspire to continue investigating how superconducting nanowire dynamics can be controlled and harnessed for the development of new electronics.

Abigail Wessels

Through my involvement with optimization of soft x-ray TESs, I intend to help broaden the impact of the applied superconductivity field and continue to increase its relevance within the scientific community. As TESs become used more commonly for fundamental research in biology, chemistry and physics the impact of our work increases in scale and scope.

Federica Pierro

I would like to continue my research by experimentally investigating the behavior of HTS cables. Using skills acquired during my Ph.D., I would combine the experiments with finite element modelling. Finally, I would like to expand my knowledge working on aspects relevant to magnet design, where I believe my knowledge of finite element modeling and testing would be well suited.

Lorenzo Bortot

Overall, I will push my HTS technology in high-field magnets for particle accelerators research in both its theoretical and technological aspects. I will integrate the rigorous mathematical perspective of the TEMF Institute at TU Darmstadt and the great expertise of CERN in magnets for accelerators.

Nicolò Riva

If now I think of the issues that our field is facing, such as penetrating the market, I am certain that it is our responsibility to transmit to people, not necessarily experts in the field, the importance, and the high impact that Superconductivity and the Science in general have on the world.

Tahereh Jabbari

I am working on logic locking techniques in superconductive electronics to improve security in superconductive technology. Also, SCE electronic design automation (EDA) tools in SFQ technology can be improved security analysis and failures in superconductive electronics. Significant progress in this project and fabrication techniques can result from programmable routing structure and programmable switches of the SFQ FPGA design in the field of applied superconductivity in the future.

Boyang Shen