Student Awards

A detailed list of Scholarships and Awards are presented in the Scholarships and Awards Handbook, available on the Academic Affairs website.

Several awards are of particular interest to Ph.D. students in the Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics:

Professor Caldwell Travel Studentship

The Professor Caldwell Travel Studentship was established in 2010 by Professor Caldwell (City University of Hong Kong), who obtained his M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics at Queen's University Belfast in 1966.

The Studentship Fund awards support to Ph.D. students within the School of Mathematics and Physics on research projects closely linked to Applied Mathematics to spend 2 to 4 weeks at an overseas research institute for collaborative research. Depending on proposed destinations, it is expected that three research visits can be supported per year from 2011 - 2013. Each award holder will be expected to acknowledge the 'Professor Caldwell Travel Studentship' in any research paper resulting from the visit and to submit a short report afterwards to her/his supervisor and to the Head of CTAMOP and to the Alumni Office.

Applications for this Studentship can be made through submission of this form to the Director of the Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. Application deadlines are 31 March and 31 October. The award will be made each year on the recommendation of the Director of Research, CTAMOP, in consultation with the Professors of that Centre and the Atomistic Simulation Centre. Merit and the value added to the overall research project of the student are the principal criteria.

Purser studentship

The Purser studentship was founded in 1904 by Professor Frederick Purser in memory of John Purser, Professor of Mathematics in Queen's College, Belfast, from 1863 to 1901, and Registrar from 1878 to 1901.

The studentship will normally be awarded to a graduate of another University, with the aim of attracting high-calibre candidates. The holder(s) will be expected to hold a 1st class MSci, MMath or equivalent, and the award will be made to the candidate(s) judged most likely to enhance the standing of the area in which they will study.

The holder(s) shall be required during the tenure of the studentship to pursue, to the satisfaction of the professor or lecturers concerned, a course of postgraduate research in pure or applied mathematics.

Any holder must be a full-time student; and the payment of each instalment shall be subject to the report of the professors or lecturers under whose direction the student is working.

The studentship is normally tenable for three years.

The value of the award, which shall normally be £1,000 per annum, shall be determined by the Academic Council. It may be tenable with any other award provided that the combined value of the two awards shall not have the effect of reducing an award from a public authority. More than one award may be made annually if funds are available.

If no suitable candidate is available, no award will be made and the funds will be reinvested to increase the value of the fund.

David Bates Memorial Trust Fund

The David Bates Memorial Trust Fund was established in 1995 by former colleagues and friends of the late Sir David Bates, MRIA, FRS, Professor of Theoretical Physics, who died on 5 January 1994. It was inaugurated to commemorate his lifetime of service to Northern Ireland, the Queen's University of Belfast and to original research in science, especially in theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics.

There will be a number of awards, each of not less than £200, not more than seven per year or fifteen every other year, but in any event deriving from the income of a capital sum. The purpose of the awards is to assist postgraduate research students in the Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (CTAMOP) (School of Mathematics and Physics) to attend and actively participate, in any one year, in an international conference in atomic, molecular and optical physics, such as ECAMP, ICAP, or ICPEAC. The encouragement of this participation in the dissemination and exchange of research expertise was dear to Sir David's heart. Each award holder will be expected to acknowledge the 'Sir David Bates Memorial Trust Fund' in any published abstract or invited talk and to submit a short report afterwards to her/his supervisor and to the Head of the above Centre.

Candidates should submit written proposals, using this form, with the explicit support of their supervisors, to the Director of Research, CTAMOP. The award(s) will be made each year on the recommendation of the Director of Research, CTAMOP, in consultation with the Professors of that Centre. Preference will normally be given to second or third year full-time research students. Merit and active participation are the principal criteria.