Radio Astronomy School 2017

The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR) invites applications for a Radio Astronomy School (RAS-2017) to be held from August 28 to September 08, 2017, at NCRA-TIFR, Pune.

Objective: To provide the upcoming generation of astronomers exposure to the techniques and excitement of radio astronomy, especially in the context of the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) which is currently undergoing a major upgrade. The RAS-2017 will consist of lectures on radio interferometry theory and techniques, with an emphasis on their application at low radio frequencies. It will include hands-on tutorials demonstrating the analysis of GMRT data using standard software packages.

Who can apply: The school is aimed at doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members in astronomy or related subjects. We will also consider applications from masters students with sufficient background in radio astronomy. Preference will be given to those who are either already using, or have a keen interest in using, the GMRT for their research. Candidates from outside India may also apply. If selected, their participation in the RAS-2017 would be subject to their obtaining an Indian visa and any necessary clearances from the appropriate government authorities.

How to apply: Prospective participants should apply by e-mail to by June 30, 2017. The application should include a curriculum vitae and a detailed statement explaining why the applicant would like to attend the RAS-2017, and a reference letter from their supervisor.

Financial assistance for local expenses and travel within India may be given to selected participants, if they are unable to obtain support from their parent institution. Please mention whether you will need financial support in your application.

Accommodation for the period of the RAS-2017 will be provided to all participants.


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