51 Pegasi b Fellowship

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Heising-Simons Foundation
Los Altos
United States of America
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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 solar system formation and evolution, planetary atmospheres, protoplanetary disks, exoplanets, 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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, 2010 and before August 31, 2020.

Please visit www.51pegasib.org for more information and to apply. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 20, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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