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Corning Women in Optical Communications Travel Grant

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  • Application Dates:
    01 Feb 2021 - 30 Mar 2021
  • Program Prize:


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The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce the Corning Travel Grants for Women. These need-based grants are available for women who are currently graduate students, working as post-docs, or in the first 1-5 years of their career. These grants are intended to help cover travel costs to the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC).


Application Dates:

Application Opens: 01 February 2021
Application Closes: 30 March 2021

Applicants Must:

  • Be a woman currently enrolled as a graduate student, working as a post-doc, or in the first 1-5 years of their career.
  • Demonstrate need for travel assistance to OFC. This is not to take the place of standard forms of support, but rather is meant to provide full or supplementary support for someone who otherwise would be expected to cover expenses out of their own pocket.
  • Program requirements recognizes and excludes career breaks from career timelines (e.g., elder care, maternity or paternity leave). 

The Application will Include:

  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • A statement describing the need and explanation of why funds are not available from traditional sources (e.g. travel policy restrictions, advisor budget limitations, lack of corporate travel support)
  • Travel budget including anticipated expenses and any other forms of funding being provided

2020 Selection Committee:

  • Faezeh Gholami, IBM
  • Jelena Pesic, Nokia
  • Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino
  • Doug Baney, KeySight Laboratories
  • Clint Schow, Univ. of CA, Santa Barbara
  • Leo Spiekman, AEON Corporation
  • Aleksandra Boskovic, Corning, Inc.

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