Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, 2019, USA


November 04, 2019


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The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program

The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) provides an opportunity for recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research which contributes to any area of NASA Astrophysics. The research will be carried out at United States host institutions chosen by each fellow, subject to a limitation on the numbers of fellows that can be hosted by any one institution.

Fellowship Policies
1. Eligibility
The NHFP is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned their doctoral degrees in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines on or after January 1, 2017, or who will receive their degree before September 2020.  Applicants with a PhD award date prior to January 1, 2017 may be eligible in exceptional cases (see below).  Graduate-student awardees who have not yet received their doctoral degree at the time of application must present evidence of having completed all requirements for the degree before commencing their fellowships.

Eligibility may extend to those who received their PhD as early as January 1, 2016, if professional work was necessarily delayed by personal or family considerations. Such extended eligibility must be justified by emailing at least 2 weeks in advance of the application deadline.

NHFP Fellowships are open to English-speaking citizens of all nations. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or national origin. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


 2. Host Institution
Contingent upon availability of funding from NASA, NHFP fellowships are awarded through grants to U.S. host institutions. Applicants may select any eligible U.S. institution for carrying out their research as long as the choice is suitably justified. For the present purposes, "institution" means a separate administrative entity that offers its scientific staff a career advancement process that can lead to long-term/permanent contracts or to tenure.

Justification is particularly important in cases where the selected institution is the same one where the applicant earned his/her degree, or is the current home institution of the applicant.

A faculty member or other eligible member of the scientific staff of the host institution will serve as the faculty contact for scientific purposes and will be the Principal Investigator of the fellow's grant for administrative purposes.

To avoid an excessive concentration of fellows at any one institution, at most two new fellows will be approved for any single institution in a given year, and no more than five fellows at any single host institution, except for short periods of overlap. Thus in any given year some institutions may only be allowed to take one new fellow. For this AO, we expect that the following institutions will only be able to host one new (2020) fellow: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Arizona.

Applicants are asked to propose up to three prospective host institutions in order of preference. An endorsement letter from the host institution will be required for all accepted fellows. (For details see Section 5 of the Application Procedure below).

The purpose of designating second- and third-choice institutions in the application is to provide the program with flexibility should there be an oversubscription of awardees at any single institution. If a candidate does not provide second and third choices, it is possible they could be denied a fellowship if their first choice institution is not available.

It is essential that candidates for NHFP give serious consideration to their designations of first-, second-, and third-choice host institutions before their applications are submitted. These initial designations play an important role in how fellows are matched with host institutions. In exceptional cases, it may be possible for fellows to change their mind after the award is made; however we anticipate that it would then be far harder for the fellow to get the institution of their choice given the restrictions on the number of fellows at host institutions.

In general, fellows will work full time on the research programs proposed in their applications and will be in residence at their designated host institution during the entire period of the fellowship. However, should a fellow have a compelling need to transfer to an institution, and can present suitable justification, the STScI director may approve the request to transfer the fellowship. Transfers are subject to the policies limiting the number of new fellows per institution. For more information please contact


 3. Stipend and Benefits
The initial annual stipend for a NHFP Fellow is comparable to that of other prize fellowships and is subject to annual review and adjustment. In addition, the NHFP Fellow will receive support for health insurance, relocation costs, travel, computing services, publications, and other direct research costs. No additional stipend, salary, or other remuneration may be accepted from any other appointment (such as teaching), fellowship, or similar grant during the period of the fellowship. Additional honorary named appointments intended to be linked with the title of "Hubble Fellow,” “Sagan Fellow,” or “Einstein Fellow" are similarly not allowed.

While the salary of the fellows is determined by the NHFP, benefits such as retirement, family leave, etc., depend on the rules of the host institution and whether the fellow is considered an employee or independent (stipendiary) fellow by the host institution. Prospective fellows are strongly encouraged to investigate the policies at potential host institutions before listing them on their application, as changes after acceptance can be difficult, and even impossible as host institutions reach their quota of fellows.


 4. Duration of Fellowship

Contingent upon the availability of funding, NHFP Fellowships are awarded through grants to host institutions for up to a three-year period. Funding will be provided initially for the first year of the fellowship; renewals for the second and third years will depend on satisfactory annual performance reviews, and the availability of NASA funds.


 5. Status
NHFP Fellowships are analogous to prize fellowships or similar temporary postdoctoral programs at universities. They are not intended to be, nor to compete with, permanent professional career positions.

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Publish Date
September 14, 2019
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