26 March 2024

FAMOUS Travel Grants to Promote Diversity at AAS Meetings

Grad School & REU Fair at AAS 243
Grad School & REU Fair at the 243rd AAS meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by © CorporateEventImages/Todd Buchanan 2024


The FAMOUS (Funds for Astronomical Meetings: Outreach to Underrepresented Scientists) Travel Grants program offers opportunities for AAS members to secure funding to travel to a Society meeting in order to increase the number of astronomers from historically underrepresented groups, which is part of our mission.

FAMOUS grants will be awarded at a level of up to $1,000 to attend a single AAS meeting, at which the awardee will present their research. Priority will be given to members of historically underrepresented groups, such as scientists at small colleges, minorities, non-traditional students, and veterans, among others. The funding will not cover the meeting registration fee but is intended to offset expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Recipients of FAMOUS grants may not apply again until three years have passed.

To apply for a FAMOUS grant for the 244th AAS meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, in June 2024, please fill out the brief proposal form by 19 April. (Note: You must be signed in to aas.org as a member of the AAS in order to fill out and submit the form.) The form asks you to clearly describe your financial needs and how your attendance at an AAS meeting would assist the Society in reaching its goal of promoting the participation of historically underrepresented groups in astronomy. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of AAS members, and decisions will be made by 10 May. Anyone who applies for the FAMOUS grant will also be guaranteed the early-bird registration fee.

FAMOUS Travel Grants Proposal Form