The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement. As the leading professional association dedicated specifically to membrane treatment technology and research, AMTA is proud to administer several Fellowships for university students researching the use of membranes for water treatment, with nearly $500,000 conferred since 2007. These funds not only yield cutting-edge innovations in membrane technology, but also provide career development for some of our brightest young minds.
In 2018, AMTA expanded on this commitment by establishing the $10,000 Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement in honor of his long and distinguished career dedicated to the beneficial application of membrane technology. Watson is a modern pioneer of membrane processes and served as AMTA’s first Executive Director. AMTA is proud to acknowledge his vital and positive influence on both novice and seasoned membrane practitioners with this namesake Fellowship.
Advanced treatment of alternative supplies is becoming increasingly critical for long-term water security and most such alternatives – including brackish groundwater, seawater and recycled wastewater – require both membrane filtration and desalination technology. Accordingly, innovations in membrane technology have significant potential to reduce the cost, energy and environmental impact of advanced treatment, yielding clean, safe, abundant and cost-effective water supplies across the United States and throughout the world.
The fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student currently enrolled in university and pursuing a full-time Masters or PhD with a research focus on in innovations for membrane technology, particularly as applied to water treatment. A condition of the Fellowship is that the awardee will attend the 2020 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition in Phoenix, AZ, March 16-20, 2020 and give a presentation on his/her research. Application deadline is Wednesday, May 15. Click here for application details.