The 51 Pegasi b Fellowship Program sponsored by the Heising-Simons Foundation provides an opportunity for promising recent doctoral scientists to conduct novel theoretical, experimental, or observational research in planetary astronomy. The fellowship program supports postdoctoral fellows to advance our fundamental understanding of planet formation and evolution, solar system science, planetary atmospheres, protoplanetary disks, exoplanet science, 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 at a selected host institution.
The Foundation anticipates awarding six to eight fellowships this year. 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.
Awarded postdoctoral fellows are expected to carry out a strong, coherent research program. 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, personal computers, etc.), and indirect costs.
51 Pegasi b Fellowship research must be pursued at one of the 14 following host institutions:
California Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
Harvard University / Harvard-Smithsonian
University of California, Santa Cruz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Chicago
Pennsylvania State University
University of Michigan
University of Texas, Austin
University of Arizona
Application Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020 Selection Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021 Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants
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, 2011 and before August 31, 2021.
Additional Salary Information: Each recipient will receive a three-year grant of up to $375,000 to cover salary, benefits, highly-flexible discretionary spending (e.g., research equipment, publication fees, travel, child care, personal computers, etc.), and indirect costs.
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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