AABS 2018 at Stanford

Conference venue

The entire conference program will be held on Stanford University’s campus. The list of venues where the conference events will take place as well as related logistical information will be provided in the spring of 2018.


The conference hotel is Sheraton Palo Alto (625 El Camino Real Palo Alto, California 94301).

The conference organizers have negotiated a group rate for 50 Double-Double and 25 King rooms in this hotel for stays between May 31 and June 3, and 25 Double-Double and 25 King Rooms for May 30 and June 4. The nightly price, excluding taxes and fees, for both types of rooms is as follows:

May 30: $359.00

May 31: $289.00

June 1: $139.00

June 2: $139.00

June 3: $139.00

June 4: $359.00

Please visit this site to secure your reservation. Please be advised the group rates are available until April 30, 2018, on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise conference participants to make reservations well in advance, and encourage them to share rooms, if possible.

Other hotels in the area include:

Westin Palo Alto

Hotel Keen

The Cardinal Hotel

The Epiphany

We also encourage conference participants to browse alternative platforms for booking accommodation, such as AirBnB and VRBO.

The Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian societies in the San Francisco Bay Area are working to provide some free rooms for conference participants in the homes of members of the Baltic community in the San Francisco Bay Area. These rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for conference participants traveling from the Baltic states. If you are interested in opting for homestay accommodation, please reach out to the local Baltic societies by using the contact info below:

San Francisco Estonian Society, Mai-Liis Bartling: mailiisbartling@yahoo.com

Northern California Latvian Society, Taira Zoldnere: taira.zoldnere@gmail.com

San Francisco Lithuanians: Eduard Nuculiak: info@sflithuanians.com

Hoover tower at Stanford University



There are three major airports in the San Francisco Bay Area that serve both domestic and international airlines:

San Francisco International Airport

San Jose International Airport

Oakland International Airport

We advise checking flights to/from each of these airports to find the one that best suits your itinerary.

Local transportation

From airport to hotel

We suggest using public transit for traveling from SFO, SJC or OAK airports to the Palo Alto Transit Center, which is next to the conference hotel. Additionally, all airports are served by local taxi companies as well as app-based ridesharing services (Uber, Lyft). There are also Rental Car Centers in all three airports.

SFO airport is served by Millbrae Caltrain Station, which can be reached by taking Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, from the San Francisco International Airport Station (located just outside the airport’s International Terminal). Caltrain provides rail service to Palo Alto Transit Center at least once an hour from early morning until about 10 pm. Alternatively, there are also SamTrans buses that take you from SFO (Terminal G) to Burlingame Caltrain Station (line 292) or to Palo Alto Transit Center (line 397, operates only at night). Tickets for BART, Caltrain and Samtrans can be bought at stations. More info about these options can be found on SFO’s website.

SJC airport is served by Santa Clara Caltrain Station that can be reached by taking a free shuttle line 10 from SJC (the bus stops at both terminals). Tickets for Caltrain can be bought at the Santa Clara Station. More info about public transit options for SJC can be found on SJC’s website.

OAK airport is served by the Oakland International Airport BART station (Terminal 1). The quickest way to reach Palo Alto is to take Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, from OAK to Union City Station (through Coliseum Station) and switch to the Dumbarton Express Westbound. More info about BART’s service at OAK can be found on OAK’s website. More info about the Dumbarton Express can be found on its website. Tickets for both can be bought at stations.

From Sheraton Palo Alto to Stanford campus

The conference hotel is located just outside the Stanford campus. Conference organizers plan to provide free shuttle transportation between the hotel and the center of campus/conference venue. More details about the shuttle service will be provided in spring 2018.
The beautiful Stanford campus is also great for walking; the center of campus is a 20 to 30-minute walk from the hotel (via Palm Drive or Galvez Street).

View towards Old Union

Grants and scholarships

All conference attendees are responsible for their travel expenses. To assist with travel and accommodation costs, AABS expects to offer small travel grants to graduate students accepted to present at the conference. We kindly ask students to reach out to AABS by sending an email to aabs@uw.edu once their proposals have been accepted by the conference.

Below are some resources for various grants and scholarships that could be used to cover the cost of attending the 2018 AABS conference:


Kristjan Jaak / Short Study Visits (Kristjan Jaagu välislähetuse stipendium)
This scholarship provides funding for short-term (up to 30 days) study-related visits abroad, including participation in conferences. March 1, 2018, is the deadline to apply for grants that would cover visits taking place between April 1 and September 30, 2018.

Dora Plus short study visits (Dora lühiajalise õpirände tegevus T1.1)
Dora Plus provides support to M.A. and Ph.D. students and junior scholars of higher education institutions in Estonia for participation in conferences, seminars, courses or other learning and research related activities abroad that last up to 30 days. Individual applicants should contact their home institutions in Estonia that are responsible for selecting the grantees. The scholarships to grantees are paid out by Archimedes Foundation.

EKKAV grant for lectures on Estonia (EKKAVi Eesti-teemaliste loengute toetus)
The EKKAV grant provides funding for Estonian citizens or foreigners who speak Estonian for conducting lectures on Estonia at foreign higher education institutions. Application deadlines are October 15, 2017, and March 15, 2018.

The Fulbright Scholar Program in Estonia
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Estonia offers research grants for Estonian scholars and researchers to conduct research at universities or special libraries/collections in the United States in all fields, except for medical studies involving direct patient contact. Candidates may be university teachers or researchers, or professionals whose expertise would be enhanced by further study or research in their field. Grants are awarded for a period of three to nine months within one study year. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to fund availability.


The University of Latvia Fund (Latvijas Universitātes fonds)
The University of Latvia Fund offers various scholarships and grants to students as well as advanced researchers. Deadlines vary and are listed on their website.

The Fulbright Scholar Program in Latvia
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Latvia offers grants for Latvian research scholars and university lecturers for up to 5 months to conduct research and/or deliver lectures at U.S. universities in any field, except medicine, but including public health. The application deadline for Academic Year 2017-2018 is November 14, 2017.

The Fulbright-Schuman Program in Latvia
The Fulbright-Schuman Program, financed by the U.S. Department of State and the Directorate- General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, awards grants to citizens of the U.S. and EU Member States to further understanding of the EU and to promote U.S.-EU relations. Grants are awarded to EU citizens to study, research or lecture at universities or institutions in the United States on the development of the EU, EU policies, and the U.S.-EU transatlantic agenda.


Support for visits of researchers and PhD students (Lithuanian Research Council)
This measure supports participation of researchers and PhD students in scientific events abroad up to 14 days to present research outcomes. More info about the application procedure and deadlines can be found on the Lithuanian Research Council’s website.

The Fulbright Scholar Program in Lithuania
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants for Lithuanian scientists, research scholars and university lecturers for up to 9 months in exact sciences, and up to 6 months in social sciences and humanities to conduct research and/or deliver lectures at U.S. universities in any field. The application deadline for Academic Year 2017-2018 is October 1, 2017.

The Fulbright-Schuman Program in Lithuania
The Fulbright-Schuman Program funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions.

U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program provides funding to organizations and, in some cases, individuals who implement projects that support U.S. Embassy priorities. The Annual Program Statement describes the general project themes the Embassy will focus on during the fiscal year. The program now accepts applications for 2018.

Other grants and scholarships

The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation’s Baltic-American Dialogue program
The Baltic-American Dialogue program fosters the exchange of ideas between the Baltic States and the United States and stimulates international collaboration. Baltic experts who have been invited to present at major U.S. conferences or to address significant U.S. audiences are invited to apply for funds to cover unreimbursed costs of attending, such as conference registration, airfare, and lodging and meals. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

Wayne Vucinich Fellowship (Stanford Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)
The Wayne Vucinich Fellowship is a twelve-week residential fellowship at the Stanford University Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) to be offered from April-June 2018. During the fellowship period, the Vucinich Fellow is expected to pursue her or his independent research in residency and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center. The fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives as well as a community of scholars at Stanford. The fellow will hold a lecture, seminar or workshop on his or her research, organized by CREEES. The application deadline is January 10, 2018.

The Dish in the Stanford foothills at dusk

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions

October 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance

December 1, 2017

Conference registration begins

January 15, 2018

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