Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (Inc)

Gifford-Eiby Memorial Lectureship Fund

About the Gifford-Eiby Memorial Fund:

This fund is available only for use by Affiliated Societies and RASNZ members and exists to sponsor the visits of lecturers or instructors in astronomy to regions thoughout New Zealand.   Grants from this fund are made to pay all, or a proportion, of the cost of the lecturer's travel expenses.   This scheme makes available to local societies quality  speakers who would otherwise be unavailable for financial reasons.

Conditions applying to grants from the Gifford-Eiby fund:

The benefits of the Gifford-Eiby Memorial Lectureship Fund are available to any Affiliated Society or group of RASNZ members that can guarantee an attendance of at least twenty members at any lecture or at least four members at any instructional class organised under the scheme.

Lecturers appointed are to be known as Gifford-Eiby Memorial Lecturers of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, and are to be so identified by the Chairman at meetings and in all publicity of the meetings.

RASNZ pays part or all of the  return fares by public transport for distances up to 800 km each way. Reasonable incidental travel expenses for the lecturer may be met by the Gifford-Eiby fund on receipt of a report and account of expenditure by the lecturer.   These are based on public transport costs. Receipts and/or ticket stubs should be presented.

Affiliated Societies benefitting agree to:

(i)  Provide accommodation of a standard acceptable to the lecturer.
(ii)  Pay the cost of any travel in excess of 800 km.
At any Gifford-Eiby Lecture acknowledgment of the Gifford-Eiby Lectureship Scheme and RASNZ must be made.
For example:
"This lecture is being brought to you with the assistance of the GIFFORD-EIBY MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP SCHEME administered by the ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND."
This should be preceded by a short introduction about the lecturer and their field of expertise.

Applications should be made on the official application form as early as possible, preferably at least  three months prior to the intended date of the lecture.  Applications forms can be obtained from the Executive Secretary, RASNZ from whom further information is available.  Email enquiries to

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