Proposal Writing Retreat 

Catalina Island

What is the Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR)?

The Astrobiology Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR) is an independent training workshop that brings together graduate students and early-career astrobiologists from diverse academic backgrounds for an intensive three-day collaborative proposal writing experience. The central objective for workshop participants is to create an original proposal on a topic relevant to the current state of astrobiology research, which must be presented to a body of peers. Participants are encouraged to use the workshop as a forum for exploring creative and original research topics. The workshop culminates in a peer-review panel discussion on each team's presented work, leading to a final anonymous vote on the best proposal.

Where and when is the PWR?

The 2023 PWR will be held at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island from May 18th to May 22nd.  This involves coming to San Diego the weekend prior to the conference. Catalina Island is located 80 miles north of San Diego and offers a beautiful secluded setting for the retreat. Available activities will include kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkelling. 

How do I participate in the PWR?

Application for the 2023 PWR is integrated at the end of the AbGradCon23 Application form. Applicants must indicate interest in the PWR to be considered. Space will be limited to 20 participants. 


Only PhD students are eligible for the 2023 PWR.