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 (see Host Institution below).

The NHFP provides salary support plus benefits for up to three years, and an additional allowance for travel and other research costs. Contingent upon NASA funding, 24 new fellowships will be awarded for 2020.

The NHFP encompasses the areas of astrophysics previously covered by the NASA Einstein, Hubble, and Sagan Fellowships. To continue the legacy of these programs, fellows will be named as Einstein, Hubble, or Sagan Fellows, depending on which of the three major NASA Astrophysics science questions most closely aligns with their proposed research.

The NHFP is administered for NASA by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in collaboration with the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at the California Institute of Technology and the Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Awards will be made to support each NHFP Fellow through a designated host institution.

A fellowship application consists of a research proposal and supporting documentation, as described below. Applicants must have received a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level research degree in astronomy, physics or a related discipline. The date of the PhD award should be on or after January 1, 2017, except in cases of extraordinary circumstances (see Eligibility).

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • September 3, 2019: Announcement of Opportunity issued
  • September 3, 2019: Application website open
  • November 4, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (4:00 PM PST, 24:00 UTC): Applications due
  • November 8, 2019: Letters of reference due
  • February 2020: Award offers made

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