The SETI Institute, with support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, is funding a limited number of travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the XXIX International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii, 3-14 August 2015, which is being organized by the American Astronomical Society on behalf of the US astronomical community. Award amounts may vary and will be determined by the number of qualified applicants. Funding will be distributed after the conference as a stipend payment.

Eligible expenses include transportation (airfare or mileage in one’s personal vehicle, compact rental car, and fuel costs), lodging, meals and incidental expenses, and the conference registration fee. In most cases, actual expenses will exceed the funding provided.


  • Students can be U.S. citizens, legal residents, or foreign nationals with either a U.S. social security number or U.S. tax ID number.
  • Students must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the conference or the semester immediately following the conference (if during break).

Selections for awards will be limited to students who are making oral or poster presentations in the conference sessions related to topics related to the search for life in the universe: astrobiology, exoplanets, planetary systems, and bioastronomy.

Applications must include proof of applicant’s affiliation with a U.S. institution. You must submit documentation (a copy of your student ID, registration confirmation, departmental letter, etc.) with your application to be eligible.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DEADLINE OF 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 15. All applicants will be notified of the award amount and administration requirements before July 1, 2015.


Note:  Students who are depending on travel assistance should NOT pay the registration fee or make travel arrangements until they have been notified that they have received an award.

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