Awards & Support

Excellence Awards

A QCQT excellence award is offered once a year by the QCQT PhD school. PIs can nominate candidates in recognition of an outstanding achievement in research. Nominees need to be registered members of the PhD school. The award consists of an award certificate from the PhD school, listing on the QCQT page, plus a monetary prize. Awardees should present their work in the QCQT lunch seminar.
Three awardees were granted with a QCQT excellence award on April 30th 2021 by the executive committee in recognition of their outstanding contributions to scientific research at the University of Basel.

QCQT Excellence Awardees 2021

Natascha Hedrich

Natascha Hedrich from the research group of Prof. Patrick Maletinsky receives a QCQT 2021 Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding work “Nanoscale mechanics of antiferromagnetic domain walls”, published in Nature Physics.

Natasha Tomm

Natasha Tomm from the research group of Prof. Richard Warburton receives a QCQT 2021 Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding work “A bright and fast source of coherent single photons”, published in Nature Nanotechnology.


Mudith Sinhal

Mudith Sinhal from the research group of Prof. Stefan Willitsch receives a QCQT 2021 Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding work “Quantum-nondemolition state detection and spectroscopy of single trapped molecules” in Science.



QCQT Excellence Awardees 2019

Travel Support

QCQT PhD students can apply once a year for a travel support for the attendance of a conference or research stay abroad.

Märta Tschudin, MIT, Cambridge/Boston (Jun-Dez 2019)
At the beginning of my PhD studies I had the opportunity to leave for a study exchange at the MIT in Cambridge/Boston. I joined the Group of Prof. Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, where I worked on the fabrication of two-dimensional, magnetic samples. In the lab I got to know many new fabrication and measurement techniques and I also had the chance to gain insight into other American Universities in the Boston area (Harvard for example allows MIT students to work in their cleanroom). I received precious guidance for fabricating new 2D samples and at the end of my stay, I could take several samples with me to be measured in Basel.
I enjoyed living in Cambridge and being immersed into its international student life. Cambridge has a very lively atmosphere and offers many different places to explore (even by bike!). I was generally fascinated by the numerous scientific events taking place in the greater Boston area, ranging from evening lectures in Museums and science slams in cafes to open air theatre plays in the heart of Boston.
This exchange has certainly formed an important part of my PhD and I am very grateful for the financial support from both the Basel QCQT PhD School and the Quantumsensing Group of Prof. Patrick Maletinsky from the University of Basel.
Grazia Raciti, International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (August 2022)

The 27th International conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) took place in Long Beach (California) from August 14 to August 19 2022. The conference had the aim to bring together researchers from different fields to discuss the most recent progress and ideas in Raman spectroscopy.

As a PhD student, working on the implementation of an ultrafast Raman spectroscopy setup, this conference was particularly fruitful. The wide offer of both theoretical and experimental talks, allowed me to learn more about various aspects of this field. I had many opportunities to engage with different researchers on an international scale, from lunch breaks to the poster sessions. Regarding the latter, I had the chance to present my work on one of the conference poster sessions. I enjoyed many stimulating discussions about some challenges I am facing in my work. Those interactions were very beneficial since I had the opportunity to talk with researchers who are working on similar subjects.

Beyond the certainly fruitful scientific aspect, it was also very fun to attend to one of the conference social activities: the whale watching. It was really exciting to see whales for the first time in my life.

Finally, I would like to thank my professor Ilaria Zardo for giving me the opportunity to participate to this conference and all the founding that supported me, in particular the QCQT (Quantum Computer and Quantum Technology) school of the University of Basel.