Academic Services

Help for Academics (Academic Assistance)

ICDD supports academic achievement in the field of materials characterization through grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, product discounts, awards, and financial support of global meetings and conferences. This page provides a portal to these various services.


To encourage promising graduate students to pursue crystallographically-oriented research, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has established a Crystallography Scholarship Fund, now known as the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund. Its name was adopted to honor the founder of the fund, Dr. Ludo Frevel. The ICDD has awarded 191 scholarships since 1991. The 2017 Scholarship Awards were in the amount of $2,500 each (See Recipients). Since the scholarship's inception in 1991, $454,750 has been awarded to aspiring crystallographers. Applications for the year 2018 awards must be received by ICDD no later than 18 October 2017.



Grants, Current Grantees,
and Grant Applications

One of the ICDD's main objectives is to expand the range of reference materials by archiving or producing X-ray diffraction patterns. To further this effort, the ICDD supports a well-developed program of grants to researchers around the world to provide high-quality data for refined search techniques. Each year, the ICDD extends financial support to qualified investigators, in the form of grants-in-aid awarded on a competing proposal basis, for the preparation of reference X-ray powder diffraction data.

Approximately $350,000 is granted annually to 50-60 recipients, with awards ranging from $1,000 for starter grants, to $30,000 for expert grants. Since the program's inception in 1986, millions of dollars in grants have been awarded.


Tuition Waivers

Eligible Clinics
and Waiver Application Forms

ICDD offers a limited number of tuition waivers for its clinics. The Dr. Eugene P. Bertin, Dr. Ron Jenkins, and Dr. Deane K. Smith tuition waivers were established to promote the education of the scientific community, particularly the academic sector, in X-ray materials analysis. Faculty members and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

If you are currently developing a program in X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), or X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), or are interested in incorporating either topic into an established course, a tuition waiver can provide you the opportunity to learn the principles and practices of these disciplines from some of the experts in the field. Please note that the tuition waivers cover the clinic tuition only; travel and lodging is the responsibility of the attendee.   


Support for Conferences and Meetings

Support Requirements
and Application Form 

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Those that align with ICDD's mission of advancing materials characterization methods within the X-ray community are more likely to be supported. Requests must be received no later than nine months prior to the meeting, workshop, or symposium.

Requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis by the ICDD Meeting Support Committee.  The ICDD grants support funding to ~10 global events every year, grants are typically $1,000-$5,000 USD’s with the amount commensurate with the size of the meeting and the program alignment with advanced materials characterization.

conference support

Research Tools 

Keyword Searches/Download

There are thousands of informative files located on and

These files include publications from Advances in X-ray Analysis (AXA), abstracts from the Denver X-ray Conferences (DXC), and the Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposia (PPXRD), and posters from our annual membership meeting.

These are free, available for personal download.


Database Discounts – Academic Pricing

An academic price is awarded to degree-granting (Assoc., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) institutions. The name of the institution must appear on the degree in order to qualify for the academic pricing. Institutions may be required to submit documentation verifying eligibility. Please consult ICDD's price list for eligible products.




As part of its philanthropic goals, the International Centre for Diffraction Data offers a number of awards, grants and honors. Most of these awards are open to workers in the field of X-ray materials analysis.

The linked page contains documents describing each award and gives information about the submission process as well as listing past award recipients.      


PDF-4+ Users Meeting

User Meeting Schedule

Learn how to get the most from your PDF-4+ database from the database experts.

The next free Powder Diffraction workshop was held during the 2017 Denver X-ray Conference

Register for the PDF-4+ Users Meeting here

Users Meetings

Classroom Help

Educational Resource Package

In order to meet the individual need of diffractionists worldwide, the Powder Diffraction File is available on a variety of media - books, CD-ROM, DVD, and Web. The PDF has various subfiles of data which include, but are not limited to, minerals, metals and alloys, and forensic materials. There is also an educational package being developed for classroom use. Various methods, including the use of printed indexes and computer software, enable users to match data in the File with their laboratory data.

We are also willing to work with educators to develop classroom instruction and provide
databases for instructional purposes. Please contact Helen McDonnell for details.