IAU Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants will be available from the IAU to attend S332.

The deadline for applying for IAU travel grants is 15 December 2016.


  1. Fill in the application form: http://www.iau.org/static/meetings/GrantSymposium.pdf
  2. Email the application form to the Co-Chairs of the S332 SOC (Tom.Millar@qub.ac.uk; ebergin@umich.edu), with cc to the Secretary (maria.cunningham@unsw.edu.au).


For more information visit Grants for IAU Symposia and Regional IAU Meetings page at the IAU site, and the IAU Rules and Guidelines for holding Scientific Meetings, specifically with regard to the awarding of travel grants (Sections 3.3 and 3.8.1). These sections are reproduced here:


The IAU wishes to support qualified scientists to whom only limited means of support are available, e.g., colleagues from economically less privileged countries and young scientists. An IAU grant should be the seed money in ensuring the participation of a selected beneficiary, including participants with young children, rather than adding comfort for colleagues whose attendance is already assured.

The IAU grant money cannot be used for organisational purposes.

A proposal for the distribution of IAU grants to individual participants is expected to have a reasonable gender and geographical distribution. Normally no more than 1/5 of the IAU grant funds for a Meeting should be allocated to participants from a single country.

Within these general guidelines, it is left to the judgment of the SOC how to formulate its proposal for IAU grant distribution, maintaining the overall scientific standard of the conference as the primary criterion.

As a rule, the LOC will open a bank account in the name of the Meeting (or use a bank account of its institute or university provided there is no excessive overhead) to which the IAU Secretariat will transfer the allocated IAU grants fund.

Individual IAU grants will be paid by the LOC chairperson to recipients, upon their arrival and registration at the Meeting, against the signature of a receipt, and all these receipts should be sent to the IAU Secretariat, after the Meeting. All IAU funds must be accounted for, and any unspent funds must be returned to the IAU unless agreed otherwise in writing by the AGS or GS.

3.8.1. IAU Travel Grants for Symposia

Participants of IAU Symposia may apply for an IAU travel grant, using the form available on the website.

The deadline for the application is specified in the Symposium webpage.

A proposal for the distribution of IAU grants to individual participants following the guidelines referred above will be drafted by the SOC chairperson using the “Template for the proposal for the distribution of IAU Grants to individual participants in IAU Meetings” (.xlsx format, 18 KB)  and sent to the AGS, at least 3 months before the date of the Symposium, to ensure timely evaluation of the proposed list and possible revisions, notification to grant beneficiaries (individual notification letters will be e-mailed by the AGS to the grant’s recipients, with a copy to the SOC chair) and completion of visa formalities.

Official invitation letters, if required, shall be provided by the SOC or LOC chairs.

Any disagreement between the SOC and the AGS on the award of grants shall be referred to the IAU General Secretary (GS), whose decision shall be final.