Applications are due April 30, 2018 for visits during the period from July 1 through December 20, 2018, in the new IRM lab space. Proposals will be reviewed by IRM staff and members of our external Review and Advisory Committee (RAC).
Please note that since 2011, Visiting Fellows are in some cases requested to pay facility usage fees, depending on Fellowship category and on level of instrument usage.
Details and on-line application forms are available at www.irm.umn.edu
Visiting Research Fellowships
These awards provide subsidized access to the full set of IRM instruments for up to 10 days: a Fellowship grant of $4000 may be used to offset the costs of instrument use, and for partial reimbursement of travel costs (up to $750). Topics for research are open to any field of study involving fine particle magnetism, but preference will be given to projects relating magnetism to geological or environmental studies, or to fundamental physical studies relevant to the magnetism of Earth materials.
U.S. Student Fellows
This program provides financial and instrumental support for advanced U.S. undergraduates and graduate students who seek to acquire state-of-the-art rock magnetic and/or paleomagnetic data for an individual research project. Special consideration is given to students requiring data for the completion of a senior thesis or preliminary data for a proposal to support continued graduate research. Visiting Students spend up to five days at the IRM and work closely with IRM staff to: 1. Learn how to design and conduct rock-magnetic experiments; 2. Process and interpret the generated data; and 3. Identify specific, attainable research goals that can be achieved with future magnetic measurements. US Student Fellows are not charged facility usage fees, and are eligible for reimbursement of travel costs up to a maximum of $500.
The IRMs u-channel magnetometer system is available for use by visitors with continuous cores (4.2-cm access diameter optimized for standard u-channels) or discrete samples for paleomagnetic and basic rock-magnetic or environmental-magnetic work. U-channel visitors may also request access to a limited number of additional instruments for a few days, for more detailed rock magnetic analyses on a small number of pilot samples. These data may be used to explore the feasibility of returning to the IRM as a Visiting Fellow with a targeted rock magnetic study.
A usage fee of $106 per day (ten-day maximum) covers unlimited use of the u-channel system, training and assistance with the equipment, and (if desired) some help with data interpretation and analysis. A fee waiver may be granted in cases of financial hardship, and proposals will not be evaluated on the basis of ability to pay.
Application Deadlines: Applications for all three programs will be accepted twice per year (April 30 and October 31). We recognize that some lake- and ocean-core projects are time sensitive because of the potential for rapid, post-coring, sediment diagenesis. Therefore, time-sensitive applications will be entertained year round and allowed as scheduling permits.