Applications Are Closed

We are not accepting applications for Fellowships at this time. Dates and details for future opportunities will be announced when they are about to open.

Fellowships Application Procedure

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Job specifications posted and application website open: Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Applications due: Monday, October 26, 2020 11:59pm Eastern
  • Letters of reference due: Monday, November 2, 2020
  • Award offers expected: Late January/early February 2021

General Information

Awards are made on the basis of a review by a committee of the requested application materials submitted by the applicant, as specified below, and three letters of reference submitted on the applicant’s behalf. We seek applicants with high potential who demonstrate both depth of knowledge in their chosen field and breadth of knowledge across other fields, with the ability to work independently and communicate clearly. Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm for coming to work at STScI and highlight synergies with the science and missions of the institute.


Only application materials received by the deadline will receive full consideration. All application materials must be submitted via the fellowship application form. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Application Materials

The following materials are required for all Fellowship applications:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages);
  • A curriculum vitae and list of publications;
  • A statement of past, current and proposed research (maximum 4 pages);
  • The names of 3 individuals who can provide letters for reference for the applicant.

Additional requirements for STScI Fellowship applicants:

  • A statement of technical skills and interests relevant to supporting STScI missions (maximum 1 page).

Strong applications will address why the applicant wishes to work at STScI, highlight synergies with STScI’s goals, missions, research, and staff, and explain how holding a Fellowship at STScI will support their scientific development and career goals.

Please produce all documents as a single PDF file with text that is at least an 11-point font and displayed single spaced. Please number all pages and ensure that your materials will print easily on US Letter (8.5 x 11 inch / 21.6 x 28 cm) paper without loss (i.e., with one-inch margins on all sides). Page limits are to include all references and figures. Applicants will have an opportunity to update their submissions before the deadline.

Research Proposal

The research statement should describe past and current research, and formulate a plan of proposed research to be carried out during the Fellowship. Proposed research should be related to or motivated by current problems in astronomy and astrophysics, with a clear plan of work, milestones and deliverables. This document should be no longer than 4 pages in total, including figures and references. The review committee may ignore pages in excess of the stated limits.

Letters of Reference

Applicants must arrange for letters of reference to be submitted by three individuals familiar with their scientific abilities. Upon starting an application, applicants will be invited to enter the details of these individuals into the application form and further instructions will be sent to these individuals using the email addresses supplied. Applications can be started and reference letter instructions triggered before the applicant is ready to submit the final application. Letters are due by the date stated above, typically one week after the application deadline.

We recommend that you remind your referees to upload their letters by the deadline, and that you contact them again shortly before the deadline to confirm that the letters have been sent. Late letters will generally receive little or no attention from the reviewers. You will receive an email when a reference letter has been uploaded to your application folder.


Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email shortly after they are submitted.

Contact Information

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