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New Visiting Fellowship for Senior Women in Astronomy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:41

Adapted from a press release received from Kirsten Gottschalk, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR):

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Australia, has announced the creation of a new and unique fellowship aimed at senior women astronomers. The announcement came at the opening of the 2013 Women in Astronomy Workshop, hosted by ICRAR at The University of Western Australia.

"We are very excited to announce this new opportunity for senior women researchers, and are looking forward to receiving many applications from outstanding candidates," said Dr. Renu Sharma, ICRAR Associate Director.

The fellowship, which will start accepting applications in February 2014, is aimed at providing senior female astronomers with the opportunity to visit ICRAR and interact with researchers and graduate students.

Only one applicant will be accepted every year in this highly competitive fellowship. For the successful applicant ICRAR will provide $5,000 per month for living and accommodation expenses for three months, as well as substantial travel assistance enabling highly qualified international applicants to participate. Recognizing the difficulty women astronomers can sometimes face when travelling due to family obligations, ICRAR will also provide additional support to cover childcare and other similar expenses.

"ICRAR has always had a strong commitment to promote science careers for women. Astronomy is fortunate among the physical sciences to have a large number of successful women, and I want to see that number grow," said ICRAR Director Professor Peter Quinn.

More information on the ICRAR Visiting Fellowship for Senior Women in Astronomy:

Richard Tresch Fienberg
Press Officer
American Astronomical Society (AAS)