Industry / Technology

GIA Offering Fellowships And Scholarships


GIA is offering postdoctoral fellowships as well as $2 million in scholarships this year.

The Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowships give researchers in geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry access to nearly 90 years of in-depth GIA research on diamonds, colored gems, and pearls, as well as a wide range of gem-producing equipment and tools.

They also include a competitive annual stipend (including medical benefits and potential reimbursement of relocation expenses), research funding, and travel subsidies for approved offsite research work. Appointments are for one year, though they may be extended for a second year based on mutual agreement.

Qualified candidates can apply here. The deadline for application is July 31. The start date of each fellowship is flexible as long as applicants have received their Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date, though it’s preferable if they’ve received it within the last three years.

GIA is also offering $2 million in scholarships in 2021, and for the first time it is making the scholarships needs-based.

The scholarships—which cover both distance learning and on-campus programs—are open to prospective students around the world.

GIA has awarded more than $15 million in scholarships since 2010; those scholarships allowed more than 3,000 students to study at GIA’s schools and through its distance education programs.

Applications are due by March 30. More information can be found here.

“We are committed to helping make GIA education accessible to all as we continue to evolve how we recruit and engage with our students,” said Duncan Pay, GIA senior vice president of education and chief academic officer, in a statement. “In the previous scholarship application cycle, we received a record-breaking number of applications, which shows that now, more than ever, students are in need of financial support to transform their education goals into reality.”

Top: Karen Smit, a past postdoctoral researcher, using an electron microscope to see the internal growth structure of diamond (photo: Jian Xin (Jae) Liao/courtesy of GIA)

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By: Rob Bates

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