IEEE Magnetics Society Support for Special Projects


  1. Only graduate students (GS) and postdoctoral associates (PD) are eligible.
  2. The team must include people from more than one institution.
  3. The research must be initiated by the team members, rather than by their research advisors.
  4. The maximum budget is $10 k US per project, for one year starting in December 2021, and justification for items in the budget is required.
  5. If selected, the team members are required to join the IEEE Magnetics Society if they are not members already.
  6. The team will submit a 6 month progress report and a 12 month final report, both including financial info, to the Education Committee Chair
  7. The team will present results at a magnetics-related conference such as MMM or Intermag, and include acknowledgement of IEEE Magnetics Society Support. Similarly and publications arising from the research project should include this acknowledgment.
  8. Anyone who has already received a Special Project Award is ineligible, so that more GS and PD can benefit from this program.
  9. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 15, 2021.


  1. This should be a new and unique research project, not on the same topic as the advisors’ grants
  2. The proposal should be written at a level appropriate for someone knowledgable in magnetics, but not necessarily in the particular subfield(s) of the project. Be sure to define any acronyms used.
  3. Submissions from a diverse group of GS and PD are encouraged. This includes gender and geographic origin, and diversity within individual teams is desirable.
  4. A diverse range of magnetics-related topics was supported in the initial year, and this is likely to be true this year as well. The project titles and countries involved are as follows:
    • “Investigating the Role of Magnetic Inhomogeneities and Interdiffusion in Compensated Gadolinium Iron Garnet/Heavy Metal Hybrid Structure” (USA-2)
    • “Enhancement of magnetic cation ordering within a layered multiferroic material for next generation data storage technologies” (Ireland, India)
    • “Manipulating Dirac strings” (Germany, Chile)
    • “On the effect of mechanical stress on solid-state phase transformations in select ferromagnetic systems” (USA-2, Spain)
    • “Nanoscale Spin Helices Stabilised by a Hierarchy of Magnetic Interactions in Exchange-Biased Heterostructures” (Germany, Australia)
    • “High quality spin injectors and transparent interfaces” (Spain, France)
    • “South African HTS SQUID for Earth's field monitoring and Space science” (South Africa, Czech Rep., France)
    • “MagCOVID” (Spain, Italy, France, Brazil)
    • “Magnetoelectric nanocomposites for tissue engineering” (Spain-2, Portugal)
    • “Study of magnetization dynamics in sample with interfacial Dzyaloshinkii-Moriya interaction” (Poland-2)
    • “Investigation of novel magnetic configurations in low dimensional triangular lattice antiferromagnet” (India, Germany)
    • “Coherent Magnon Mediated Quantum Information Manipulation and Processing Operations” (USA-2).

Proposal Preparation Instructions:

Please create a proposal with the following contents and submit it via email to Sara Majetich (

  1. Project Title:
  2. For each team member: Names, email addresses, institutional addresses, GS or PD, gender, advisors’ names
  3. Project Description (3 p. maximum)
    1. What is the problem or issue of interest, and what motivates this work?
    2. What are the techniques/methods that will be used, and how to they contribute to the project success?
    3. Who on the team will do what? How will the efforts at different institutions be coordinated?
    4. How will the results be analyzed, and how will the findings be disseminated?
    5. References
  4. Budget and Budget Justification
    1. What funds are needed to carry out the project, and why?
    2. How will funds be managed/distributed among the team members?