Syed Babar Ali Research Awards

The Syed Babar Ali (SBA) Research Awards Program recognizes and supports potentially high-impact work being carried out by current PhD students in the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS. The recipients of this award, called SBA Fellows, are expected to pursue research and scholarly activities that support knowledge creation and innovation in science and engineering as well as contribute to the economic well-being of society at large.

As part of this prestigious programme, SBA Fellows benefit from a monthly stipend as well as additional research support (for example, for procuring equipment, consumables, covering research travel expenses, publication fee for journals etc.) from a central fund exclusively allocated for this program, i.e. SBA Scholars fund. The award is sponsored by the Babar Ali Foundation.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Only PhD students in the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering are eligible to apply.
  2. Applicants must have successfully defended their PhD Proposal. PhD students who have not successfully defended their proposal will not be considered.
  3. At the time of submission of the SBA Fellowship proposal, the applicant must not have completed four years of his/her PhD degree program, calculated from the time of admission.
  4. Applicant must submit a Letter of Support from the PhD supervisor along with the proposal.

On 18 August 2020, the School celebrated its inaugural cohort comprising of the 4 PhD students as the winners of the Syed Babar Ali Research Awards. The celebratory event was held online where the winners had a chance to present their research to Syed Babar Ali, Founding Pro Chancellor of LUMS University. Also in attendance were Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor; Dr. Sabieh Anwar, Dean SBASSE and the different supervisors involved in helping the researchers. 

For more details about the event, please visit the link: SBARA 2020

Testimonial by Dean SBASSE

I gladly announced the initiation of the Syed Babar Ali Research Awards for PhD students who have already defended their proposals. The Awards will celebrate at least five scholars every year, called the Syed Babar Ali Fellows, who will be selected for the novelty of their research work, and the potential for lasting impact to their disciplines and the society. PhD students wishing to apply for this Award will be required to apply on a prescribed format and selection will be done by the School's graduate council.

This prestigious award carries a scholarship amount. Fellows will also have access to a Syed Babar Ali Research Fund, for which they need to apply separately. Following approval, this fund can be used to support the awardees' research needs such as materials and supplies, small equipment, travel for research or training, and article processing charges in the top most journals.

I thank the Babar Ali Foundation for this generous support to our PhD program and in bolstering student led research. Research and creation or synthesis of knowledge is our mainstay and I can say on behalf of all our Faculty, that we will continue to facilitate for you the route to discovery and innovation. The creation of SBARA is one important milestone. Needless to say, the Foundation will be acknowledged in all work emanating from this Award.

Best wishes,
Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
 

Cohort 2020 of SBA Fellows

 

 

Published work under SBARA funding

Under the SBARA scholarship, the SBARA cohort of 2020 has successfully published the following articles:
 
1) A. Aslam and Z. Khalid, "Linear Transformations and Signal Estimation in the Joint Spatial-Slepian Domain," IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 2021, 28, pp. 1195-1199. DOI: 10.1109/LSP.2021.3086699

2) A. Aslam and Z. Khalid, "Spatial-Slepian Transform on the Sphere," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (Early Access) 

3)  A. R. Aslam, N. Hafeez, H. Heidari and M. A. B. Altaf, "An 8.62 μ W Processor for Autism Spectrum Disorder Classification using Shallow Neural Network," IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Circuits and Systems (AICAS), 2021, pp. 1-4, DOI: 10.1109/AICAS51828.2021.9458412

Syed Babar Ali Research Awards 2021-2022

The Syed Babar Ali (SBA) Research Awards Program recognizes and supports outstanding PhD students in the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS. The recipients of this award, called SBA Fellows, are expected to pursue research and scholarly activities that support knowledge creation and innovation in science and engineering as well as contribute to the economic well-being of society at large. 

As part of this prestigious programme, SBA Fellows benefit from a monthly stipend of PKR 50,000 in addition to the stipend contribution from their PhD supervisors. Moreover, they are eligible to apply for additional research support (for example, for procuring equipment, consumables, covering research travel expenses, publication fee for journals etc.) from a central fund exclusively allocated for this program as discussed below. 
Proposals for the SBA Research awards will be solicited from PhD students once a year, and will follow the following timelines: 

•    Proposals due: March 31 
•    Decisions announced: July 31 
•    Fellowship start date: September 1 

Please click here to download complete policy.

How to apply

Application Process through GAMES (https://games.lums.edu.pk/):
 
Applications are invited through Grants Application, Management and Execution System (GAMES). Applicants must register themselves on GAMES. Office of Research (OR) will activate their profile within 24 hours. Once, the account is activated, applicants may login through complete email address (username). Password is the same that is used for accessing LUMS’ network.
 
You can access GAMES remotely outside of LUMS’ network through VPN.
 
You may prepare your proposal using the attached application form and then just copy the content from this form to application form provided in GAMES (Since the GAMES application form does not provide the facility of saving your partial application as of now – this facility will be included in future). You may also upload your word document (or PDF) along with your application through GAMES. This will help especially in cases where tables, diagrams and figures are part of the proposal.
 
Please go to Application Management ---> Apply for Grant --> Syed Babar Ali Research Award
 
A walk through document about application process can also be accessed by clicking here. This link provides complete walk through of GAMES application in a simple yet comprehensive way.

Note: The applications for SBARA 2021 are closed and the proposals received by the school are under review. The shortlisted applications for the final round, i.e. the presentations, are expected to be announced soon.