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Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology


December 01, 2016

Opportunity Cover Image - Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology

Application information


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.

Selection Process

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.


pplicants must submit:
A completed application form, in English
A curriculum vitae
A complete project proposal, including:
- A single-paragraph abstract
- A statement of proposed research (maximum 7 pages)
- An explanation of why the Library of Congress is the appropriate venue for your research
- A detailed plan and budget for proposed outreach activities (see below)
3 references with completed reference forms
A Selection Committee will consider the application materials in relation to other proposals. Proposals may involve any aspect of astrobiology and its societal or humanistic implications.


The Astrobiology Chair is expected to conduct independent research in astrobiology using the collections of the Library of Congress. The scholar will also convene workshops, public lectures, and other educational and public outreach events and give at least one public presentation at the Library of Congress for the Washington, D.C. area.

This is a residential position, and the Chair is expected to be in full-time residence (for up to 12 months) at the Kluge Center within the Library of Congress while conducting research. The Chair holder will be provided with research space and support in the Kluge Center and is expected to engage in the life of the Center while in residence.

Additional Activities

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.

Budget Proposals

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 Areas:

Research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and societal implications.

For more information click "Further Official Information" below. 

Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
June 20, 2016


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