25 April 2024

ALMA Ambassadors Call for Applications for Cycle 12

George Privon National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) is now accepting applications for the Cycle 12 2025 ALMA Ambassadors Program, with a deadline of 24 May 2024. The ALMA Ambassador Program provides training and up to $10,000 research grant (details below) to postdoctoral researchers, senior graduate students, and early career researchers interested in expanding their ALMA/interferometry expertise and sharing that knowledge with their home institutions. ALMA Ambassadors will:

  • Organize and support a proposal preparation workshop and/or a data processing/analysis workshop.
  • Participate in a workshop hosted by the NAASC to receive training on proposal preparation and/or data analysis, as well as presentation techniques. This workshop will also include a science symposium for Ambassadors to present their research to the Charlottesville astronomical community.
  • Support their local community with ALMA proposal preparation and data analysis.
  • Assist the NAASC in supporting the North American ALMA community. This may include activities such as participation in ALMA proposal reviews (e.g., review of Student Observing Support applications, serving as Technical Secretaries for ALMA Review Panels) and participation in the NRAO Synthesis Imaging Workshop.

The NAASC will provide travel support for the training as well as all talk materials, supplies, and infrastructure for the workshops hosted by the ALMA Ambassadors. Up to a $10,000 monetary grant is offered in support of the Ambassadors' independent research programs. If the awardee is not able to receive the monetary grant, the NAASC can offer up to $10,000 in science travel reimbursement (must be used within 12 months of training) or up to $10,000 to support students or summer researchers. Applicants must be based at a North American institution. Experience with radio or sub-millimeter interferometry is preferred but not required. If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in learning more about the training we are offering, please contact the NAASC to discuss possible opportunities. We will consider both individual and coordinated applications from users in the same institution or region.

We particularly encourage applications from those interested in the data-processing and analysis workshops or in targeting specific scientific communities (e.g., stellar astrophysics).

The deadline to apply is 24 May 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the ALMA Ambassadors website.

Information on previous ALMA Ambassador and Community Day events can be found on the events web page.

Cycle 11 ALMA Ambassadors
Cycle 11 ALMA Ambassadors during their training in February 2024 at the NRAO headquarters and the North American ALMA Science Center in Charlottesville, VA.