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Becoming a Davidsen Fellow

Since 2009, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy have jointly sponsored the Arthur Davidsen Graduate Student Research Fellowship in honor of former JHU faculty member, ultraviolet astronomer, and STScI mentor Arthur F. Davidsen.

The award is funded by STScI and offered through JHU to an incoming astronomy/astrophysics graduate student of exceptional promise nominated by the JHU Physics and Astronomy Graduate Recruiting Committee. Davidsen Fellows work as research assistants on current research topics with a supervisor chosen from the STScI research staff. For students in good academic standing, the fellowship may be renewed twice for a total of three years of support from STScI, although most fellows will transition to STScI staff research grant support after their first year.

In addition to the normal research assistant stipend (which includes health insurance) and tuition costs, the award provides up to $5,000 during the first year to cover costs directly associated with research, including travel and supplies. If the awardee requests an early termination of the Davidsen Fellowship to work with a supervisor who is not a member of the STScI research staff, the fellow will be eligible for the usual teaching assistant support provided by JHU to all graduate students in good standing.

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