PCA J.P. Gleason Research Fellowship Program


Call for Nominations

The Portland Cement Association Education Foundation funds a wide variety of educational activities that will increase public knowledge regarding appropriate uses of cement and concrete. Within that global purpose is a specific purpose to:

Advance general scientific understanding of cement and concrete by providing scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other support for the study of engineering and the physical sciences relating to the production and use of cement and concrete.

The support provided by the Education Foundation is used to identify and attract outstanding candidates in the field of engineering and the physical sciences and provide them with the necessary support to complete their studies. Additionally, this support is intended to provide them an opportunity for productive work in the cement and concrete industries.

The fellowships are open to any student completing studies toward a masters or doctoral degree from an institution of higher education within the United States or Canada that is accredited by a regional or national agency. The applicant must pursue graduate study in an engineering, science, or architectural program. Each fellowship includes a $35,000 grant paid to the university to cover tuition, residence, research materials, equipment, study materials, and related educational expenses, but does not include payment for institutional overhead.

In the last few years, the need for research on cement and concrete has become increasingly urgent as society grapples with climate change issues. For this current fellowship competition, research proposals may focus on topics described in PCA’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality that support the following subject areas (with no priority implied):

Sustainability

  • The increased use of recycled materials in concrete to reduce the burden on landfills and improve the circular economy.
  • Improving recognition of concrete system performance through better use of life cycle assessments (LCAs) and environmental product declarations (EPDs).
  • Other research investigating the optimization of cement and concrete for sustainable concrete construction.
  • Method or method(s) for quantitative determination of CO2 uptake in fresh and/or hardened concrete.

Cement Manufacturing

  • Improving raw mix burnability through the use of mineralizers or other means.
  • Advanced grinding technology for raw materials or cements.
  • Optimizing performance by separate grinding and blending of cement ingredients.
  • Novel approaches to capture CO2 in cement kiln emissions.

 

A university professor and the candidate student must jointly submit applications. Applications must be received by April 30, 2022. The proposal should not exceed four pages in length using 12 point Times New Roman font and should follow the format in the PCA J.P. Gleason Research Fellowship Program template.

PCA committee members review and endorse nominations for support. The PCA Education Foundation Board of Directors makes the final determination regarding the selection of each fellowship. Final award determinations are tentatively scheduled not later than June with award notifications immediately thereafter.

Submittals with detailed descriptions of the proposed project should be sent via e-mail with a subject heading of "2022 Fellowship Proposal" to:

James Farny  
Director, Environmental Measurement and Metrics
Portland Cement Association
Email: jfarny@cement.org

Click here for a pdf of the proposal format document.