West Coast Number Theory aims to be a conference without barriers. As such, we try to ensure that financial pressures are not a barrier to your attendance.
Thanks to support from the NSF and the Tutte Institute, we are able to offer financial assistance to Students, Postdocs, junior faculty, and others who find themselves in financial need. Note that limited funds are also available to offset the costs of childcare.
If you require financial assistance to attend this meeting, please send a message to the organizers outlining your request, your expected costs, and indicating any other sources of funding you have received. Please bear in mind that only a limited amount of funding is available.
Note that one of the conditions of accepting funding is that you must stay at Asilomar as part of our conference room block. If this is an issue, please contact us and let us know your concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions about Funding
Am I eligible for funding?
At WCNT, we strive to be a conference without barriers, meaning that we reserve some funds to help those who would otherwise not be able to attend without a source of funding.
Note that we have only limited funds available. As a rule of thumb: you should look for other funding sources first, and use WCNT as a secondary source of funding if you have no other options.
When do I find out if I will be funded?
In early November, you should receive a note indicating the minimal level of funding we can guarantee, based on the number of applicants we have received, and any special circumstances therein. Actual funding levels are usually higher than this minimal amount, and are determined once the conference is over.
Historically, the November guarantees have been in the range of $200-500. The funding guarantees typically cover registration costs, and part of your accommodation / meal costs (meals and accommodation are included together at Asilomar). Once the conference is complete (and all bills are paid) we determine how much of your remaining costs can be covered.
How much funding can I expect?
First, note that West Coast Number Theory only does partial reimbursements.
Funding depends on the number of applicants, and we have a limited amount of funding available. Funding is typically prioritized in this order: students, post-docs, retirees, junior faculty, senior faculty. We do consider special circumstances, however, and it is up to the discretion of the WCNT organizing committee how and how much will be disbursed in any given year.
How is the funding disbursed?
Funding is distributed after the conference is complete. If you are receiving conference funding, you will be given instructions and paperwork to fill out during the conference.
Be sure to save all of your receipts and bring the original copies to the conference in order to fill out the reimbursement paperwork.
I have special circumstances…
We will do what we can to accommodate you, even if that is sometimes contrary to the other answers posted here. Please send us a note explaining your situation and we’ll see what we can do to help.