2017 ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards (DRA)

Raising funds for 2017 Doctoral Researcher Awards to promote academic excellence among young researchers pursuing doctoral degrees in the UK

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On 27th Apr 2017 we successfully raised £2,700 of £2,700 target with 22 supporters in 28 days


What is ABTA?


The UK based Association of British Turkish Academics (ABTA) is the leading professional organisation for scholars in the UK and Turkey dedicated to creating academic partnerships and bridges between the two countries. ABTA is a non-profit and a non-political organisation and established exclusively for scientific, charitable and educational purposes. ABTA seeks to enhance and disseminate knowledge through its organised projects, seminars, conferences, meetings and academic trips.


What is DRA?

One of the primary objectives of ABTA is to support young academics and researchers in the UK regardless of their nationality. In order to promote and reward academic and scientific excellence among young researchers pursuing doctoral degrees in the UK, ABTA has organised “Doctoral Researcher Awards (DRA)” since 2012. Being the fifth event of its kind in the UK, 2016 ABTA DRA competition received 213 applications from more than 50 UK universities. The applications were reviewed by a panel of expert judges in three categories, Natural & Life Sciences, Management & Social Sciences and Engineering Sciences. Finalists presented their research before a large audience of academics and students during the award ceremony which took place at University College London (UCL) on 14 May 2016. Besides reputable scholars, Professor Sir David Cox from Department of Statistics, University of Oxford, Professor Uta Frith from Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and Professor Peter Grant from School of Engineering University of Edinburgh were our guests of honours. More information on 2016 ABTA DRA competition can be found at http://www.abtanet.org.uk/Awards/Detail/9/2016-ABTA-Doctoral-Researcher-Awards


2017 ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards

The awards will be given in three categories:

1. Natural & Life Sciences
2. Management & Social Sciences
3. Engineering Sciences

Awards (in each category):
1st Place : £300
2nd Place : £200
3rd Place : £100
Honourable Mentions : £25 (Amazon Voucher)

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017
Awards Ceremony: 20 May 2017
Venue: University College London (UCL)

Guests of Honours (confirmed):
1- Prof Josef Kittler (University of Surrey)
FREng (2000)
KS Fu Prize (2006)
IET Faraday Medal (2008)

2- Sir Michael Pepper (University College London, University of Cambridge)
Hughes Medal (1987)
Royal Medal (2005)
FREng (2009)

The award ceremony will take place at University College London (UCL) on Saturday, 20 May, 2017.

Doctoral Researcher Awards ceremony will incur considerable costs, including the awards for the front runners, £2700; faculty lunch, £700; subsistence of the guests, £1000; renting a hall in UCL, £1000; and admin costs, £500.

We are asking for your help, if you could please donate any amount of money to cover the awards for the front runners, £2700.  It would be a privilege for ABTA if you could support 2017 Doctoral Researcher Awards.


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