Call for Proposals for Astronomy-for-Development Projects

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has issued its 4th annual call for proposals for astronomy-for-development projects. The IAU has earmarked €110 000 for OAD projects to be selected in 2015 and implemented in 2016. This is an open call for project proposals, with individual project grants ranging from about €500 to about €15,000.

The three focus areas of the call are:

1. Astronomy for Universities and Research
2. Astronomy for Children and Schools
3. Astronomy for the Public

This year a new format for the call is being used which will streamline the applications process and allow for greater interaction with the OAD through an optional "Expression of Interest" channel. The OAD looks forward to engaging with potential proposers and helping develop and realise ideas relating to using astronomy to stimulate global sustainable development.

The deadline is September 15. The system will automatically stop accepting proposals after 23:59 UTC on 15th September 2015.

OAD website:
Call page:

Job Announcement

The IAU South West Asian Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (SWA ROAD) invites astronomers for 2 part-time positions as Program Coordinators at the office.

The responsibilities are: supporting SWA ROAD activities in frame of Task Force 1: Universities and Research (organization of ROAD meetings, schools and other events, writing collaborative projects, proposals and reports and related affairs) and in frame of Task Force 2 related to Astronomical Education.

Qualifications: networking, project/proposal writing skills, communicative properties, teaching skills, excellent knowledge of English and computers.

Applications should be sent before Sep 20 to IAU South West Asian (SWA) ROAD Director Dr. Areg Mickaelian ( No documents are required; applicants should pass interviews within 5 days after expression of interest.

Jobs start on Oct 1, 2015 and 1-year contract will be signed on yearly renewable basis. Missions to neighboring countries will also be possible.

© South West and Central Asia Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (SWCA ROAD) 2015