Lumbroso Grant for Ambassadors

Astronomers from iREx and the OMM at the 2019 astroMIL event. (Credit: B. Seropian/UdeM)
Astronomers from iREx and the OMM at the 2019 astroMIL event. (Credit: B. Seropian/UdeM)

It is with great pleasure that we announce the creation of the Lumbroso iREx Ambassador Grant, awarded annually to one of our iREx graduate students at the Université de Montréal to recognise their leadership, community involvement, and efforts to promote scientific literacy to a wide audience.

Sylvain Lumbroso. (Credit: Courtesy Image)

The grant is made possible by a generous donation from Sylvain Lumbroso, a long-time supporter of iREx. Mr. Lumbroso, who studied communications and management, is passionate about science and history. In 2012, he founded a company that creates educational apps, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He also writes for several magazines, including Le Devoir and Québec Science. He not only believes in the scientific mission of our Institute, but also wishes to underline the importance of training the next generation of scientists and encouraging young researchers to do scientific communication and the promotion of scientific culture through this grant.


Open Competition – Lumbroso iREx Ambassador Grant 2023


$2 000 for the period from September 1st, 2023 to August 31st, 2024.

Conditions of eligibility

To be eligible, a person must be accepted or enrolled in graduate studies at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of an iREx professor (Björn Benneke, René Doyon, David Lafrenière, Patrick Dufour, Jonathan Gagné) or any other Université de Montréal professor with a project related to the iREx research themes.

Selection criteria
  • Be a leader and an ambassador of astronomy and science
  • Initiate or contribute to science communication and education activities
  • Be involved in the community
  • Have an above average academic record
  • Preference will be given to applicants who identify as female or of non-binary gender identity
Application Procedure

To apply for the Lumbroso Fellowship, please send your application to by the deadline. This should include, in a single PDF file:

  1. A letter of interest explaining how you meet the above criteria (maximum 1 page)
  2. Your CV (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Your transcript (an unofficial version is acceptable)

Please also ask a professor or other person who knows you well to send us a letter of reference by the deadline at the same email address.

Deadline: May 15, 2023

Applicants will be notified of the results in June 2023

Contact if you have any questions.