Visitor Program

The LIGO Visitors Program has been hosting scientists and engineers since 1996. It supports visitors to the LIGO Laboratories, at all levels and ranks, who wish to become involved in the science and techniques associated with the field of interferometric gravitational wave detection, while at the same time contributing their accumulated skills and abilities to enhance the performance of the LIGO team. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are particularly welcome.

Program update: August 2018

We are pleased to announce that funding has been restored to the LIGO Visitor Program budget starting 1st October 2018. Thus we welcome applications from those seeking funding as well as from applicants who are able to fund their own visit.

 

If you are interested in applying for a visit, please send us the following materials:

  1. A CV and Publication List (with refereed publications clearly marked by an *).
  2. A completed application form.

Note that the application form includes a section on the justification for the visit, and asks the applicant to name a LIGO Laboratory sponsor. You should discuss the proposed visit with the sponsor before completing the form. If you need help to identify a possible sponsor, please send an e-mail to visitorprogram@ligo.caltech.edu.

Please note that further documentation may be required if your application is approved. Also note that at the end of your visit you will be required to submit a final report of your accomplishments during your visit.

Please allow time (preferably at least two months) between submitting your application and the proposed start date. For those who may require visas, a minimum of 3 months is advised.

 

Selection process

Evaluation of applicants will be made by the LIGO Staffing Committee - an internal committee whose members are appointed by the LIGO Director. Committee evaluations will be conducted once all the necessary material is received from each applicant.

 

Send applications to:

Carolyn Peterson
LIGO Hanford Observatory
PO Box 159
Richland, WA 99352
Phone: 509-372-8167
Fax: 509-395-2763
Email: visitorprogram@ligo.caltech.edu