University of Michigan, Department of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics

Award ID:UofM-Department of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics-GIRA [#17968]
Award Title: Graduate Instrumentation Research Award
Award Type:Student programs
Location:Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, United States [map]
Subject Area: High Energy Physics / Experiment
Appl Deadline:2021/04/12 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/01/15, finished 2021/10/16, listed until 2021/05/12)

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Graduate Instrumentation Research Award

The GIRA program aims to encourage and facilitate greater involvement of physics graduate students in significant instrumentation development, to boost recognition of instrumentation work as a vital part of PhD training, to foster the growth of future HEP instrumentation experts in the US, and to strengthen university-lab ties on instrumentation development. GIRA has been established by the Coordination Panel for Advanced Detectors (CPAD), a standing committee of The Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society.

We aim to award two proposals to be funded by the  DOE Office of High Energy Physics. The award will provide a stipend of $36,000 per year. The award is renewable for a maximum of 3 consecutive years total. The addition of a tuition supplement will be determined by OHEP on a case-by-case basis, with a cap of $50,000 on the total including a stipend.

The proposal must be for a graduate student to conduct research on high energy physics instrumentation, to be carried out mainly in the US at a university or at one of the following national labs: ANL, BNL, FNAL, LANL, LBNL, LLNL, ORNL, PNNL or SLAC. The applicant must name a faculty or staff mentor. Even if the work is not to be carried out at one of the labs, the project should include a staff partner from one of these labs. This may or may not be the same person as the mentor.

Eligibility and Terms

All students enrolled in accredited US Physics PhD programs are eligible to submit a proposal (only one proposal per applicant is allowed). Students must be already enrolled in order to apply. It is expected that most students applying will be in their 2nd or 3rd year, but there is no hard requirement beyond being enrolled. The start date of the fellowship can be chosen within 6 months of the award date. The student may not take classes for credit during the performance period, as the award is for full time research. Auditing and professional training courses are allowed, as this may be necessary for instrumentation work. There is no obligation to seek renewal; some projects and student research plans may be satisfied with just one year of instrumentation work, while others may call for two or more. The maximum expected award duration is two years with a third-year renewal only in exceptional cases.

The DOE and the GIRA award are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within HEP and the field of instrumentation which ensures equality of opportunity for applicants. In support of this commitment, GIRA encourages minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for this award. The GIRA committee considers all qualified applicants without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

2021 Dates

Application opens   

January 15, 2021

Application deadline

April 12, 2021

Results posted on this web site

April 30, 2021

Earliest possible project start

Jun 1, 2021


How to Apply

Complete application packages including mentor and potential lab partner information for letters must be submitted via AJO by the student before the above deadline. Late applications will not be acceptedEach application must contain:

• Cover letter with at least two suggested references (no need to request reference letters, just provide names and emails)

• Research proposal written by the applicant (5 page limit excluding references)

• Applicant CV

• Academic transcript or proof of enrollment in a physics PhD program

• Supporting letter written by a mentor, indicating needed resources and expected availability (5 page limit).

• Supporting letter from lab partner, if other than mentor (3 page limit).

The proposal should indicate the desired start dates as well as the sought duration of the fellowship.

For more info please see the GIRA home page. The 2021 selection panel is:

  • Julieta Gruszko 

  • Daniel Bowring 

  • Elisabetta Pianori 

  • Bjoern Penning (chair)

  • Andrea Pocar

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
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Ann Arbor, MI, 48109