The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) works with several partners to administer fellowship opportunities to outstanding postdoctoral scientists working in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. STScI administers the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) on behalf of NASA 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. In this program, outstanding postdoctoral scientists may select their host institutions to pursue independent research in any area of NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrumental development.
The Giacconi, Lasker, and Exoplanet Science Fellowships are hosted at STScI in Baltimore, Maryland. These fellowships recognize passionate and self-motivated postdoctoral researchers for their exciting research proposals, which include theoretical and observational research, the analysis of large astronomical databases and massive data processing, and innovative research in exoplanets. These fellowships are for 100% independent research.
The STScI Postdoctoral Fellowships are also hosted at STScI and are awarded to early career researchers to enable their independent research while providing them with great training opportunities in the operations of our space-based astronomical missions. These fellowships combine 50% independent research with 50% functional support of the institute and its missions.
STScI and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) jointly sponsor the Arthur Davidsen Graduate Student Research Fellowship to incoming JHU astronomy/astrophysics graduate students of exceptional promise.
We do not seek applications for all STScI-hosted Fellowships every year.
STScI is eligible to host NHFP and ESA Research Fellows — anyone interested in coming to STScI on one of these fellowships should apply through those programs.