Travel Funding Opportunity for Early Career Scientists

Aaron Evans

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is offering an exceptional collaboration opportunity for students and young researchers pursuing interests relating to millimeter wave astronomy research and development. As part of its mentoring and outreach activities in support of international programs, the NRAO has proposed to the National Science Foundation that the NRAO send a contingent of approximately 14 students and young researchers to attend the “Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy at High Angular Resolution” conference. The meeting aims to cover a range of scientific and technical topics related to millimeter-wave astronomy, with an eye towards key science to be done with ALMA.

This international workshop is being hosted by the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, National Astronomy Observatory of Japan, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Co-hosting is being provided by the Astronomical Society of the Republic of China. With such a wide level of support, this 5-day conference promises to draw some of the top researchers to participate in over 40 invited talks. Below are what we anticipate will be the most frequently asked questions regarding this opportunity.

What is the website for conference information?

What are the conference dates?
June 8 -12, 2009

What is the location of the conference?
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Who is eligible to attend?
Students and early career researchers with an interest in the fields of (sub)millimeter and radio astronomical research and instrumentation development.

What costs will be covered?
Funding is intended to cover registration fees, round trip airfare from home institution, lodging at the conference, per diem, and direct costs related to traveling to and attending the conference.

Will I need to make travel and conference arrangements?
No, the NRAO staff will make the necessary airline and lodging reservations on your behalf.

How do I apply?
You can apply by sending a statement of interest via email to

When are applications due?
April 15, 2009

Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Jennifer Neighbours at