Astronomy and Space Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences: Planetary Sciences
The Heising-Simons Foundation invites applications for the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides an opportunity for recent doctoral scientists to develop innovative instrumentation or to conduct novel theoretical and observational research in planetary astronomy. The fellowship program supports postdoctoral fellows to advance our fundamental understanding of exoplanets, solar system formation and evolution, planetary atmospheres, protoplanetary disks, or other closely related topics.
The fellowship program recognizes early-career investigators of significant potential and provides them with the opportunity to conduct independent research. Each recipient will receive a three-year grant of up to $375,000 to cover salary, benefits, highly-flexible discretionary spending (e.g., travel, child care, research equipment, personal computers, etc.), and indirect costs. Awarded postdoctoral fellows are expected to carry out a strong, coherent research program in planetary astronomy.
The Foundation anticipates awarding six to eight fellowships this year, based on the quality of submissions. The Heising-Simons Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within its community. Thus, we particularly welcome applications from individuals who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in planetary sciences and astronomy such as women, persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, gender and sexual minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification of the field.
Applicants can come from any academic institution or research lab, both nationally and internationally.
Applicants are not required to have US citizenship; however, all visa and work permit paperwork is the responsibility of the fellow and host institution.
Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in astronomy, physics, earth and planetary sciences, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, or a related discipline. Doctoral degrees must be awarded after August 31, 2009 and before August 31, 2019.
51 Pegasi b Fellowship research must be pursued at one of the following participating institutions:
California Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania State University
University of Arizona
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Texas, Austin
An online application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for the fellowship. Further details and the online application form can be found at www.51pegasib.org
About Heising-Simons Foundation
The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos, California. The Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.
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