Space Telescope Prize Research Fellowships

Baltimore, Maryland (US)
September 18 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Other Corporate

Space Telescope Prize Research Fellowships

The Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for two research fellowship positions:

2019 Exoplanet Science Fellowship

The Exoplanet Science Fellowship provides up to three years of support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers working on innovative scientific studies in any area of exoplanet research. STScI serves as the Science Operations Center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, and supports the archives for Kepler/K2 and TESS. Preference will be given to applicants who take advantage of the opportunities afforded by data from these missions.

2019 Giacconi Fellowship

The Giacconi Fellowship, named in honor of the first director of STScI and Nobel Prize winner Riccardo Giacconi, provides up to three years of support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers in any field of astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. The research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental.

Both fellowships include an annual salary of approximately $65.075 generous benefits, including some support for relocation, and $16,000 per year to cover research expenses. The selection will be based on the accomplishments and proposed research of the applicants. There are no restrictions on the date of PhD degree. The duration of each fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Fellows are resident at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.


Applications received by Monday, November 5, 2018 will receive full consideration. Applicants will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of three individuals that will be able to write letters of reference on their behalf. References will be contacted through the application system for the letter submissions. Emails will come from: Applicants should contact their letter writers separately to inform them of the process, since applications will be given full consideration only when all reference letters have been received.

For each fellowship, applications must provide one PDF that  includes a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages), and a description of the proposed research to be carried out at STScI (also limited to 3 pages text plus up to 2 pages for figures/references). 

The STScI on-line application portal will be activated on September 12, 2018. Applications received by Monday November 5, 2018, will receive full consideration. Letters of reference will be requested upon receipt of a complete application and are due no later than Monday November 19, 2018. 

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