Clarion Congress Hotel
    Prague, Czech Republic
    15 - 18 April 2013
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    NFS Student Travel Grant Application

    NFS Workshop Student Travel Grant Competition
    NSF is offering travel stipends to a select number of graduate students to participate in the NSF workshop. These students are to be actively involved in Optics/Photonics research that would strongly benefit from an international collaboration with Europe and in particular with the Czech Republic. The selected graduate students will present their research at the workshop and in a poster session, held as part of the SPIE Symposium. In addition the students will meet with the local Czech student chapter members.

    The deadline for submission is Monday February 18th, at 5:00pm, applicant’s local time.

    Application Instructions:
    The student’s application should be no more than five pages in length, and follow the following template:

    Title of research, student’s full name, institution, full contact information

    Abstract: (250 words or less)
    Describe the project you are engaged in. What are the specific objectives and expected significance of this research?

    Intellectual Merit: How timely is your research, how will it push the frontiers of understanding? Does your research align with the topics presented at the 2013 SPIE Conference?

    Broader Impacts: What benefits would you gain by collaborating with a European team? Please identify one or two research teams in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Europe, with whom you would like to explore potential collaborations, explain the potential synergy between your research and the ongoing research in these groups.

    Mandatory Supplemental Information:
    Student biographical sketch (including eligibility) and a signed letter of support from the student’s advisor.

    Level of Support:
    The Photonics Program, within the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation will sponsor the selected students. It is expected that NSF will award up to eight travel grants, of $1,500 each, to eight qualified students. The stipends will be disbursed to the selected students by the SPIE, on behalf of the NSF.

    Please submit your application via e-mail, as a pdf file attachment to:
    Dominique M. Dagenais, National Science Foundation, at:

    Award decisions will be completed by Friday February 22nd, 2013.

    NSF Workshop on US- Czech Frontiers in Photonics
    Workshop Date: April 18, 2013 - Cost is €25
    Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
    Dominique M. Dagenais, National Science Foundation,
                  Tel: (703) 292-8339