Stromlo Distinguished Visitor Program (RSAA)

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) offers a program to support Distinguished Visitors for longer-term visits to Mount Stromlo to work collaboratively on activities associated with RSAA’s astrophysics and technology research programs.

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) offers a program to support Distinguished Visitors for longer-term visits to Mount Stromlo to work collaboratively on activities associated with RSAA’s astrophysics and technology research programs.

The requirements and application process for the Stromlo Distinguished Visitor program are as follows:

  1. Visitors will spend between one and six months at RSAA. The period at RSAA may be spread over a small number of visits within a one-year window.
  2. Visitors must be sponsored by, and work with, one or more RSAA scientists.
  3. Visitors must give at least one colloquium at RSAA and are strongly encouraged to give colloquia at other Australian research organizations and talks to the general public (RSAA can assist in arranging public talks).
  4. The Distinguished Visitor program can contribute funding for a round-trip economy air ticket and living expenses. Funding will be provided on the basis of reimbursement of expenses (receipts required). Visitors will usually require additional funding from other sources to cover their expenses.
  5. Visitors will be provided with office space, computing/internet services, and limited administrative support. They will also have full access to ANU’s telescope facilities during the period of their visit.
  6. Applications must include: (i) the Visitor's curriculum vitae (<2 pages); (ii) a statement, written by the applicant, regarding the purpose and period of the visit, the research and other activities to be undertaken during the visit, and the resulting benefits to RSAA’s programs (<2 pages); (iii) a supporting statement by the RSAA scientist sponsoring the visit (<1 page); and (iv) a budget with details of the requested funding and supporting funding from other sources (<1 page).
  7. Applications will be assessed by the Stromlo Distinguished Visitor Committee, which has two subcommittees: one for astronomy & astrophysics and one for instrumentation & technology. The available funding will be allocated based on (i) the benefit to RSAA’s research programs and status, (ii) the research record of the applicant, and (iii) the significance of the proposed research and other activities, and their alignment with RSAA research programs. The extent of additional funding from other sources will also be taken into account.
  8. If a Distinguished Visitor award is not taken up within 3 months of the end date for the visit as specified in the application, then the funding offer will lapse.
  9. The RSAA staff member sponsoring the visit will provide a report to the RSAA Director detailing the outcomes of the visit and the benefits to the RSAA within 1 month of the completion of the visit.
  10. Applications must be emailed to the RSAA Director (director.rsaa@anu.edu.au). There are two annual deadlines: the next deadline is 1 September 2018 for visits from January to June 2019; the subsequent deadline is 1 March 2019 for visits from July to December 2019.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender.  Women are particularly encouraged to apply for the Stromlo Distinguished Visitor program.

Questions about the Stromlo Distinguished Visitor program may be addressed to the RSAA Director.

 

Year Name Home institution Date & Duration
Stromlo Distinguished Visitors
2018 Elena D'Onghia University of Wisconsin  
2018 Kaitlin Kratter University of Arizona  
2018 Nicola Schneider University of Cologne  
2018 John Tonry University of Hawaii  
2018 Rene Kraan-Korteweg University of Cape Town  
2018 Mike Hudson University of Waterloo  
2017 Tomaz Zwitter University of Ljubljana  
2017 Stuart Sim Queen's University Belfast  
2017 Ralph Klessen University of Heidelberg  
2017 Chris Gordon University of Canterbury  
2017

Tim de Zeeuw

Leiden University  

2017

Matthias Steintmetz

Leibniz Institute Potsdam

February 14 - 28

2017

Lars Hernquist

Harvard University

February, 1 month

2017

Colin Norman

Johns Hopkins

February, 1 month

2017

Nicola Schneider

University of Cologne

February, 2 weeks

2016

Changbom Park

Korea Institute for Advanced Study

 

2016

Parviz Ghavamian Towson University  

2016

David Rupke Rhodes College  

2016

Prajval Shastri Indian Institute of Astrophysics  

2016

Anna Frebel MIT  

2016

Robi Banerjee University of Hamburg  

2016

Matthias Steinmetz Leibniz Institute Potsdam  

2016

Stefan Wagner Landessternwarte Heidelberg  

2016

Chris Belczynski Warsaw University  

2015

Rosemary Wyse Johns Hopkins University  

2015

Phil Hopkins Caltech  

2015

Johan Richard Observatoire de Lyon  

2015

Peter Wizinowich Keck Observatory  
2015 Anna Frebel Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
2015 Albert Zijlstra University of Manchester  
2015 Kim-Vy Tran Texas A&M University  
2015 Jouni Kainulainen Max-Planck Institute of Astronomy  

2014

Bruno Leibundgut

European Southern Observatory

 
2014 David Sanders University of Hawaii  
2014 Ravi Subrahmanyan Raman Institute  
2014 Andy Bunker University of Oxford  
2014 Chiaki Kobayashi University of Hertfordshire  
2014 Ivan Hubeny University of Arizona  
2014 Daniela Calzetti University of Massachusetts  
2014 John Hillier University of Pittsburgh  
2014 Kim Venn University of Victoria