Aug 12, 2016
Thanks to funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the first two Fulbright-Cottrell scholars officially began their three-year Award terms on July 1, 2016. The Awards had previously been presented to them during a festive Fulbright ceremony in March by State Secretary Dr. Cornelia Quennet-Thielen.
Since 1994, the US-based Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has bestowed the annual Cottrell Award upon excellent “teacher-scholars” in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. Emulating this successful approach, the Fulbright-Cottrell Award consists of two components: a grant of 63.000 € to fund a three-year teaching and research project at the scholars’ home institutions; and travel funds of 5.000 € to allow for participation in at least two of the annual Cottrell Scholars Conferences in Tucson, Arizona. At these conferences, the new scholars are welcomed into the Cottrell network and get the opportunity to start working on joint projects.
At the 2016 conference, Fulbright-Cottrell scholars Jun.-Prof. Dr. Olalla Vázquez (Chemistry, University of Marburg) und PD Dr. Sebastian Slama (Physics, University of Tübingen) presented their projects, which they are currently preparing for a first implementation during the 2016/2017 winter semester at their home universities. The annual Cottrell Scholar Conference took place from July 13 - 15, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona, and both Fulbright-Cottrell scholars followed the great variety of sessions and presentations that were offered together with Dr. Benjamin Becker, the representative from the German-American Fulbright Commission.
We are currently inviting scholars to apply for the 2017 Fulbright-Cottrell Award. More information on the Award and application procedures can be found here: https://www.fulbright.de/programs-for-germans/nachwuchswissenschaftler-innenund-hochschullehrer-innen/fulbright-cottrell-award