Candidates are invited to apply for the latest Sid Watkins Scholarship, a fully funded position that will enable the winner to contribute to important safety research across all levels of motor sport, from Formula One to karting.
The FIA, FIA Foundation and the Global Institute are jointly funding the scholarship, which aims to identify and encourage the next generation of medical and engineering experts in the field of motor sport safety. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to conduct research and engineering projects with the Geneva-based Global Institute, the FIA’s safety research partner.
The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by a panel of experts, led by Global Institute General Manager, Research, Laurent Mekies.
He said: “This is the third iteration of the Watkins Scholarship and it has proved to be a great success so far. The recipient of the award will be working on high-level safety projects that directly benefit motor sport worldwide.”
Professor Sid Watkins OBE, who passed away in September 2012, is regarded as one of the leading pioneers of safety in motor racing. His efforts to implement higher standards saved multiple lives and have had a lasting impact at all levels of the sport. The scholarship, which was established in 2015, pays tribute to his vision and philosophy.
Nikil Abraham, who graduated with a Masters Degree in Automotive Engineering from the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, won the 2017 scholarship and has since worked on a number of high profile projects, including safety developments in Formula One, World Rally and the World Endurance Championship.
He said: “This scholarship has enabled me to work on groundbreaking projects and to make a real contribution to the improvement of safety across all levels of racing. I would encourage all engineering or medical graduates with an interest in motor sport and motivation to do research in safety to apply.”
Applicants will be expected to have recently completed an advanced tertiary qualification (e.g. a Masters Degree or PhD), and be able to demonstrate a high level of academic success. They must also be highly motivated with a strong interest in motor sport, either in the medical or engineering fields, as demonstrated by previous academic work, professional engagements or extra-curricular pursuits.