Applications for the next round of the Associates programme will open in early 2023.

From 2021, the NanoFutures Associates programme—a combined network and engagement programme—will take the place of the previous Nano Associates scheme. Nano PhD students from Cambridge not already affiliated with the NanoDTC will be eligible to apply to become a NanoFutures Associate.

As NanoFutures Associates, students will be able to apply for up to £3k over the course of their PhD to undertake small-scale creative projects which serve both to enrich the student’s PhD research experience and to help them connect to, and enhance the vibrancy and intellectual diversity of, the NanoDTC community. Projects will align with those areas supported by the new NanoFutures Leadership Awards, and will therefore address “areas of materials sustainability, circular economy / life cycle assessment approaches for nano based technologies, societal perceptions and implications of new materials, technologies or devices, and projects considering multidisciplinary pathways to understand and influence imaginative and sustainable futures”. Practically, projects may take the form of workshops, events, outreach activities, policy research, site visits, public engagement, travel, exhibitions, conferences, etc., with no limit placed on the form. Students are encouraged to think creatively about how they might use the available funding.

Applicants will be invited to supply a CV and a short (e.g. 3 minute) video and will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic credentials, the suggested use of the available funding, and the contribution this would make to the NanoDTC community. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 1st November 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to speak at the Nano Showcase on the 25th or 26th November 2021, either in person or virtually. NanoFutures Associates will be required to regularly attend NanoDTC community events throughout the academic year (c. 5-10 events per year).

To apply, please complete the online form here.

Brief descriptions of current NanoDTC Associates’ research can be found below.