I spent most of this summer writing a massive Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow proposal. I never thought I would actually win. In fact, it is only as of Friday that I stopped writing fellowship proposals and sending in lists of research interests/ CVs/ publications.
Marie Curie is a personal hero of mine. When I was young, my parents would read to me about her from an old book which my father recently gifted me. Although the award has nothing to do with women in STEM per se, I am still proud to win an award which bares her name.
The fellowship itself is funded by European Union (REA), and as such, has an outgoing and a return phase; 2yrs and 1 yr respectively.
My project implements new and novel techniques to search for direct evidence of gravitational waves from supermassive black holes using Pulsar Timing Arrays by means of a new interdisciplinary collaboration in radio and infrared astronomy, data analysis and astrophysics. It will be hosted by two of the world’s best astronomical research institutes: The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US, and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Germany. It will be supervised by internationally renowned physicists Dr. Joseph Lazio and Prof. Dr. Michael Kramer.
I hope to start June 1st!