American Delegation to the
Heidelberg Laureate Forum in
Heidelberg, Germany

ORAU and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are now accepting nominations for the
6th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

September 23-28, 2018

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About

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is a gathering of laureates of some of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, namely the Abel Prize and Fields Medal as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize.  Held annually for a week in Heidelberg, Germany, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings these laureates at the apex of their careers together with 200 high-achieving graduate student and postdoctoral counterparts from around the world. 

The HLF gives early career researchers an opportunity for interaction that is typically not available within the normal university environment or in their home university department, whereby the Laureates provided formal plenary lectures and led small group discussions with topics driven by a combination of prepared presentations by the Laureates as well as student questions.  Connections will be made between young researchers and future collaborators; these relationships will bridge the gap between the generations of computer science and mathematics researchers.

The American delegation is sponsored with support from the National Science Foundation and ORAU, with the delegation program administered by ORAU.


Read about the programming the 2015 researchers participated in on the Past Meetings page.

 

Travel Awards

ORAU and the National Science Foundation will provide a limited number of travel sponsorships for the 6th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Successful nominees will be nominated by their educational institution, reviewed and selected by the ORAU Selection Committee, and finally approved by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Scientific Committee. Approved nominees will receive a travel award that covers costs associated with the selected young researchers’ travel; this includes international airfare on a US flagship air carrier (up to $1750), lodging, meals, ground transportation, and registration fees for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.




How to Apply

 

Timeline

Nominating institutions must submit their two nominee's application packets to hlf@orau.org no later than 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time, Friday, December 8, 2017.

Nominees will be notified of the ORAU Selection Committee's decisions by mid-January, 2018, and successful nominees must complete a short online application to be considered by the Heidelberg Laureate Foundation's Scientific Committee by February 9, 2018.

Approved nominees for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will receive notification by May 2018.


Nomination Process

There are three ways to apply:

Option 1: ORAU University Partnership Path

If you meet the following criteria, then click here for the application and instructions for submission. The deadline for application for this option is December 8, 2017.


Eligibility

  • You are a graduate student enrolled in a PhD program at an ORAU member institution. See the list for confirmation.
  • You will have completed by June 2018 at least two academic years of study toward a doctoral degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline;
  • You are actively participating in a research project.


Process: The nomination and selection process has 4 steps:

  • Students apply for nomination to their university/nominating institution;
  • The university conducts an internal competition and submits 2 candidates for review by the ORAU Selection Committee;
  • The ORAU Selection Committee selects a group of nominees who will receive travel sponsorship if approved by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Scientific Committee;
  • ORAU nominees complete an online application for final review and approval by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.


Nomination Packet Requirements

  • The nomination packet includes (1) application; (2) the student's CV; (3) a one page statement by the student on why participation in the meeting is important for the student's graduate education; and (4) a strong letter of reference by the student's research advisor with the included questionnaire.


Complete nomination packets must be submitted by the nominating institution to hlf@orau.org no later than 5PM EST December 8, 2017.

Option 2: Non-Partner Schools Path

If you meet the following criteria, then click here for the application and instructions for submission. The deadline for application for this option is December 8, 2017.


Eligibility

  • You are enrolled in a PhD program at a US university or college that is NOT an ORAU member Institution (See ORAU member institution for the list).
  • You will have completed by June 2018 at least two academic years of study toward a doctoral degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline;
  • You are actively participating in a research project.


Process: The nomination and selection process has 4 steps:

  • Students apply for nomination to their university/nominating institution;
  • The university conducts an internal competition and submits 2 candidates for review by the ORAU Selection Committee;
  • The ORAU Selection Committee selects a group of nominees who will receive travel sponsorship if approved by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Scientific Committee;
  • ORAU nominees complete an online application for final review and approval by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.


Nomination Packet Requirements

  • The nomination packet includes (1) application; (2) the student's CV; (3) a one page statement by the student on why participation in the meeting is important for the student's graduate education; and (4) a strong letter of reference by the student's research advisor with the included questionnaire.

Complete nomination packets must be submitted by the nominating institution to hlf@orau.org no later than 5PM EST December 8, 2017.

Option 3: Open Application

If you do not meet the criteria for either Option 1 or Option 2, then please apply directly to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Open Application Process. Eligibility, process, and deadline information is found on the Forum’s website.

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Contact Us

For questions about the nomination process for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, please contact:

Michelle Goodson
ORAU
(865) 241-5861
Michelle.goodson@orau.org