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National Science Foundation offers travel awards of $1,000 each to enable
United States scientists to attend Advanced Study Institutes (ASI) sponsored by
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), centered in Brussels, Belgium.
ASIs may be held in the
NATO-member countries of Europe, the
Partner Countries in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) Countries. Institutes in Canada and the United States
are not supported; neither are institutes whose subjects deal with medical sciences. The institutes are
10-to-15 day instructive courses conducted by scientists and engineers of
international standing who present comprehensive analyses of active research
areas in a tutorial context between students and instructors at a very high
level. The ASI schedule begins in January and continues through the year until
the end of November, although the majority of the institutes are scheduled for
the months of June, July, and August. Up-to-date scientific information,
including presentations and demonstrations of current findings, is available to
participants. The aim of the NATO-sponsored ASI program is the dissemination of
advanced scientific knowledge and the promotion of international contacts among
scientists, which includes the establishment of connections between young
scientists and their international peer groups. The atmosphere at an ASI is one
of sharing scientific knowledge with open exchanges of ideas, leading to
greater understanding and broader applications of cutting-edge research. For
more information, go to the
Advanced Study Institutes: Notes for Applicants page on the NATO Headquarters website.
The travel awards are offered to United States citizens and nationals, and permanent resident aliens of the U.S. who are graduate students or have received a Ph.D. less than three years as of the date of the ASI which they will attend and have been accepted at a NATO Advanced Study Institute. The applicant must be planning to attend the ASI as the principal reason for travel to Europe at the time.
The $1,000 travel award is to be used toward a round trip, economy-class
airline ticket plus related travel expenses for the awardee to attend a NATO
ASI in Europe. The award is subject to the conditions in F.L. 27, Attachment to International Travel Grant,
which states the U.S. flag-carrier policy.
Potential applicants should contact the director of the particular Advanced Study Institute in which they are interested. When they are invited to attend the ASI, they should inform the ASI director that they would like to be considered for an NSF travel award. The director sends to NSF a list, in order of priority, containing the names and addresses, both regular and email, of individuals who are interested in a travel award. Commensurate with available funds, the Foundation then sends an electronic message to the nominees instructing them where to find the application forms on the NSF website.
The application forms consist of:
- NSF Form 192, "Application For Advanced Study Institutes Travel Award"
- NSF Form 1310, "NSF Application For Travel Award Nominee Information Sheet"
- NSF Form 1379, "NSF Faststart Direct Deposit Form" (attached to the electronic mail message received from Program Manager in the Division of Graduate Education)
Within 60 days after completing the travel, the awardee must submit:
- NSF Form 250, "Advanced Study Institutes Travel Award Report Form"
The ASI schedule of institutes in science, mathematics, and engineering
fields are supported with NSF Travel Awards. NSF support is not
provided for bioscience research with disease-related goals, including work on
the etiology, diagnosis, or treatment of physical or mental disease,
abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals. Animal models of such
conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their
treatment also are not eligible for support.
The complete list of NATO Advanced Study Institutes is published in the
January or February editions of "Nature", "New Scientist", and "Science". The
2004 list is also available on the NATO Home Page. As always,
these courses are subject to change at any time.
For questions concerning the travel awards to NATO Advanced Study
Institutes, send e-mail messages to