The purpose of the Young Delegates Program (YDP) is to provide assistance to young scientists and engineers so that they may participate in IFToMM technical conferences. Up to fifty percent of the total cost of registration fees, transportation, board and lodging if available, subject to a maximum of US$500, to participants who are not fully supported by their own institutions.

In order to be eligible for support, young scientists and engineers must normally be less than 36 years of age in the year of the conference, be in a country of the national or territorial organizations that are IFToMM members, and be engaged on work in the field of Machines and Mechanisms.

The organizers for each conference must ask the IFToMM Executive Council for a certain number of YDP grants and associated budget, at least one year before the conference dates. Once approved by the Executive Council with budget conditions, the procedure for assigning the YDP grants will be handled by the IFToMM Treasurer in coordination with the conference organizers, and at the next Executive Council meeting they will report on the used budget and the number of grants awarded.

To apply for support, the applicant must write a letter of request to the Chair of the specific Technical Conference that they wish to attend. The letter must be received by the Chair of the conference not less than four months prior to the conference and must include the following information in the YDP Web Application Form docYoung Delegate Program Application Form (Backup) (that is enclosed as Appendix):

  1. the name and date of the specific technical conference,
  2. the reason for participation,
  3. the source and amount of funds which will cover the costs not to be paid by IFToMM.

The letter of request must be accompanied by:

  1. a curriculum vitae including date of birth,
  2. a letter of recommendation from the Dean or senior person confirming that funds are not available from the home institution to support fully the travel,
  3. a budget estimate for the total expenses of the participant to attend the conference

Applicants would normally be expected to provide also a letter of recommendation from the Chair of their local IFToMM national or territorial organisation. Preferences for funding will be given to countries/territories that have a strong need, have not received prior grants under this program, and whose subscriptions are fully paid. Grants for a Technical Conference will be scheduled in advance of one year by the Executive Council upon request of the Chair of a Technical Conference, who will coordinate with the IFToMM Treasurer in the process for assigning the grants and submitting the corresponding report to the Treasurer after the Conference.

Participants who are selected to receive support will be notified at least two months before the technical conference in order to allow adequate time to complete travel arrangements.

pdfProcedure for Young Delegates Program 2016

YDP Web Application Form docYoung Delegate Program Application Form (Backup) 

Recipients of IFToMM young delegates assistance