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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com.
3. Stipend and Benefits
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.
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