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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:September 17, 2015
Subject:Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2016


Deadline for Internal Review:October 07, 2015

Project Description

*** Please note, this opportunity was just announced and requires quick turnaround.  Please note the internal competition deadline.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers. The Laureates lecture on the topic of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal, small-group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. In addition to this valuable interaction, the participants enjoy the picturesque island city of Lindau. This medieval city—rich in central European culture—is located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps, at the common border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Students and young researchers are nominated and selected by several sponsoring agencies and organizations.
These students will travel to Lindau to participate in discussions with the Nobel Laureates, as well as other graduate students and junior researchers from around the world.
Transportation, lodging and registration expenses are arranged and paid for by the sponsoring agencies. Participants meet for an orientation meeting prior to the start of the Lindau Meeting. A student awardee will be committed to travel from approximately June 23, 2016, until July 2, 2016. The final dates will be determined at a later date.
During the meeting, the Laureates lecture on the topics of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings.
The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (26 June – 1 July 2016) is dedicated to the field of physics. Young scientists from all over the world will have the opportunity for an in-depth exchange with Nobel laureates.

Amount per Award: Travel costs to attend the 2016 Meeting
Duration of Award: 1 Year
Number of Awards:  Approximately 50 from the United States


A student nominated to participate in this program must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have completed by June 2016 at least two academic years of study toward a doctoral degree in physics or related disciplines, but not planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2016
  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited university as a full-time graduate student
  • Must be participating in a research project

UW-Madison is allowed to submit 2 Nominations


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

  • Nomination Form Lindau 2016 Nomination
  • CV
  • a one page statement on why participation in the meeting is important for the student’s graduate education and/or research.
  • a strong letter of reference from the nominee’s research advisor

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by October 16, 2015.