Hubble Fellowships for International PhD holders

Deadline: 13 November 2014
Open to: international PhD holders in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline
Fellowship: annual stipend of approximately $67,000 plus benefits, and extra $13.000 per year for travel expences


The Hubble Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for highly qualified recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the NASA Cosmic Origins scientific goals as addressed by any of the missions in that program: the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the Herschel Space Observatory, and the James Webb Space Telescope. The research will be carried out at United States Host Institutions chosen by each Fellow.


Applicants must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level research degree in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline on or after January 1, 2012. Hubble Fellowships are open to citizens of the United States and to English-speaking citizens of other countries. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, or national origin.


The initial annual stipend for a Hubble Fellow will be approximately $67,000, subject to annual review and adjustment. In addition, the Hubble Fellow can receive health insurance, relocation costs, and support for travel, computing services, publications, and other direct research costs in excess of $16,000 per year. The Fellowship will last for three years. Contingent upon availability of funding from NASA, Hubble Fellowships are awarded through grants to Host Institutions. Applicants may select any eligible United States institution for carrying out their research as long as the choice is suitably justified in their proposals. Fellows will work full-time on the research programs proposed in their applications and will be in residence at the proposed Host Institution during the entire period of the Fellowship.

Non-U.S. nationals who are offered awards must have valid Visas, either Exchange Visitor or Immigrant Visas, for the duration of the Hubble Fellowship appointment. If an awardee applies for an Exchange Visitor Visa, the sponsorship will be under the Host Institution. If he/she chooses to apply for an Immigrant Visa, STScI cannot be a participant in the Visa request.


Interested candidates can apply here. During the application you will need to provide the following documents:

  • CV;
  • A list of publications;
  • A summary of previous and current research (limited to three pages total, including references);
  • Research proposal (Each applicant must formulate a specific research program that is related to or motivated by Cosmic Origins related science and is compatible with the research activities of the Host Institution. The proposed research need not be based directly on mission data from the Cosmic Origins program (HST, Spitzer, SOFIA, Herschel, or JWST), but its relevance to their science must be stated clearly and unambiguously).

Additional information about the fellowship is provided here.

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