2020 TECI Workshop Travel Awards
TECI is funded by Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory, which significantly reduces costs of attending the workshop. In addition, TECI works with TMT partners to identify funding sources that will cover travel expenses. Below is summary of costs covered by TECI and costs to be covered by workshop participants. Amounts are in U.S. dollars.
REGISTRATION FEE: TECI will cover the full cost of the following items, for all participants.
◦ Registration: there is no registration fee to attend
◦ Lunches during active workshop days are included
TRAVEL: TECI is able to offer two types of travel awards. The application form includes a field for participants to request a travel award for some or all of these items. In some cases we may prioritize applicants who can cover these costs on their own.
◦ Standard Travel Award: TECI covers lodging and ground transportation between Hilo ITO and the Grand Naniloa Hotel; air travel to Hilo NOT included.
◦ Maximum Travel Award: TECI covers lodging, ground transportation to the Grand Naniloa Hotel, and airfare to Hilo.
Lodging for the 2020 TECI Workshop is estimated at $730 (8 nights double occupancy, arriving Jan. 11 and checking out Jan. 19). Ground transportation between Hilo ITO and the Grand Naniloa Hotel is less than $20 each way.
TECI will NOT support the following costs, participants must cover these on their own:
◦ Ground transportation to/from airport of origination (in home city)
◦ Meals and incidentals outside of workshop lunches: estimated at $350 or more
◦ Passport and visa fees
TMT Partnership Contacts
TECI is funded by the TMT, and works with the TMT partnership to accept as many applicants as funding will allow. Each TMT partner has a representative on TMT’s Workforce, Education, Public Outreach, and Communication (WEPOC) Board, who can help applicants explore funding avenues for travel. In some cases, organizations have identified a local point of contact, as noted below.
People applying through the TMT Canada partnership are encouraged to contact their advisor for travel funds. Additional questions can be directed to:
Suresh Sivanandam, Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Chisholm, TMT WEPOC representative: email@example.com
People applying through the TMT China partnership are encouraged to contact their advisor (supervisor, boss) for travel funds. Additional questions can be directed toward:
Yang Fei, CIOMP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Su Lin, NIAOT: email@example.com
Lei Hao, SHAO: firstname.lastname@example.org
People from other institutes in China are also encouraged to apply, and may direct questions to their supervisor or to Yiping Wang, NAOC, email@example.com.
People applying through the TMT India partnership are encouraged to contact their advisor (supervisor, boss) for travel funds, but may also be eligible for travel funding and should contact:
B. Eswar Reddy, Programme Director, India TMT Coordination Center, Indian Institute of Astrophysics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Samir Dhurde, IUCAA, TMT WEPOC representative: email@example.com
People applying through the TMT Japan partnership are encouraged to contact their advisor (supervisor, boss) for travel funds, but may also be eligible for travel funding and should contact:
Wako Aoki, Japan WEPOC Board representative, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ): firstname.lastname@example.org
People applying through the TMT Caltech partnership with questions about workshop expenses should contact:
Mitch Aiken, TMT WEPOC representative, Caltech: email@example.com
University of California (UC)
People applying through the UC TMT partnership are eligible to apply for full travel awards through funding from University of California Observatories. For additional questions, contact:
Nicholas McConnell, TECI Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Hunter, UC TMT WEPOC representative, email@example.com