Applicants for the NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology may be of any nationality and will have achieved distinction in the field of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, or other related fields.
The Astrobiology Chair holder will be appointed on an annual basis by the Librarian of Congress on the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of representatives from the academic community jointly selected by NASA and the Library of Congress.
Tenure & Stipend
The Astrobiology Chair may be in residence at The John W. Kluge Center for a period of up to 12 months, at a stipend of $13,500 per month. The Library of Congress will pay stipends monthly by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account. Transportation arrangements, housing, and health care insurance and costs are the responsibility of the scholar. The Library will provide scholars with information on housing and can provide scholars with contacts for commercial providers of health care insurance. The Library is required to ensure that nonresident alien visitors maintain minimum levels of medical insurance, and will provide information about insurers that offer qualifying policies to nonresident aliens.
In order to provide an opportunity for the questions raised by astrobiology to achieve greater public visibility, the Chair holder will organize workshops, symposia, small conferences or other activities that engage the broader academic community and the public. The Chair will be responsible for the intellectual content of such events; the Kluge Center will provide guidance and logistical support.
Applicants should include as part of their proposal detailed plans and a budget (no more than three pages) for such auxiliary activities as workshops, symposia, or small conferences, explaining how these activities would support the research and/or contribute to any public presentation of the human implications of astrobiology.
Research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and societal implications.
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