Funding Opportunities in Astronomy

As part of this special issue, GrantsNet--Science Careers’ searchable, continuously updated database of research funding opportunities--offers a sampling of current entries in astronomy. The list includes programs from government agencies and private-sector organizations in the U.S. and Canada, although some programs are open to applicants worldwide.

This list includes scholarships and internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as funding for research in astronomy. These opportunities all have deadlines coming up in 2006 and are listed in chronological order by deadline. This is a selective list; GrantsNet has other programs open to current or prospective astronomers; check back for updates and new opportunities.

Graduate and Postdoc Opportunities

United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation
Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program

The Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program provides fulltime underrepresented graduate students in science, technology, and education with financial support for their education in NASA-related disciplines. Fellowships include financial support and a 6-week, hands-on research experience at a NASA Center (e.g., Johnson, Goddard) or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The Fellowship tenure is 3 years for candidates seeking either a master's or a Ph.D. degree in a NASA-related field.
Deadline: 1 February 2006

National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
Morton Fellowship

The Morton Fellowship promotes education and training in instrumentation and software through student research at Hertzberg Institute facilities in Victoria and Penticton, B.C. The fellowships are open to all masters and doctoral students from Canadian universities studying physics, astronomy, or engineering. Each fellowship provides support for two years and requires that 2/3 of the time be spent at Hertzberg Institute. The total amount of support is $18,000/year with $9000 coming directly from the fellowship. The additional $9000 per year must be identified in the cover letter from a Hertzberg Institute employee who is supporting the application.
Deadline: 7 March 2006

American Astronomical Society
Solar Physics Division Popular Writing Awards

The solar physics division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) holds an annual competition for two popular writing awards, to be awarded to authors of popular or semipopular articles on the sun or its effects on the Earth's environment. The awards encourage scientists, science writers, and journalists to write about the sun and to help educate the public about solar research.

Awards are made in two categories, (1) scientists (student, professional, or retired) and (2) science writers and journalists, with one award offered in each category. Any scientist, science writer, or journalist, not currently serving on the panel is eligible to receive the award without consideration of race, sex, nationality, or AAS membership. To be eligible, articles must be in English, and published in a North American newspaper, magazine, or popular science journal. Books, book chapters, and electronic publications are not eligible.
Deadline: 31 March 2006

American Astronomical Society
Chretien International Research Grants

In honor of Henri Chretien, French professor of optics and co-originator of the Ritchey-Chretien telescope design, the American Astronomical Society administers grants to further international collaborative projects in observational astronomy. The program's emphasis is on long-term visits and the development of close working relationships with astronomers in other countries. Up to $20,000 (U.S.) is available each year to one or more individuals or groups to be used for the support of international observational astronomy. The awards are open to astronomers throughout the world.
Deadline: 1 April 2006

The Carnegie Observatories
Carnegie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Astronomy

The fellowship encourages long-term research in observational or theoretical astronomy or instrumentation. The funders are particularly interested in applicants who have received their Ph.D. degree within the past 3 years. Fellowships are awarded for 1 year and may be renewed for 2 additional years. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the fellowship.

Carnegie facilities include the two 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, the 2.5-meter du Pont telescope and the Swope 1.0-meter telescope, all at Las Campanas, Chile. Fellows will have access to these facilities on the same basis as the scientific staff. The fellowship provides support for observing, travel, computing, and publications.
Deadline: 1 September 2006

United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation
Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award, CIPA

Jointly administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP), CIPA assists minority colleges and universities in creating STEM programs that elevate institutional prestige and attract and prepare future generations of students for successful careers in the fields of science and technology with relation to NASA’s overall mission.
Deadline: 1 October 2006

American Astronomical Society
AAS Brouwer Award

The Brouwer Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of dynamical astronomy, including celestial mechanics, astrometry, geophysics, stellar systems, and galactic and extragalactic dynamics. It is open to candidates of any age, nationality, occupation, or specific field of interest. The award includes an honorarium of $2000.
Deadline: 31 December 2006

Undergraduate Opportunities

Carnegie Institution of Washington
Carnegie Institution of Washington's Internship Program

The internship is at the geophysical laboratory and department of terrestrial magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a nonprofit scientific research institution located in Washington, D.C. The summer internship program provides eligible undergraduate students with an introduction to scientific research, including work in the planetary sciences and astronomy. During a ten-week summer program, undergraduate students will conduct an individual research project with guidance from a Carnegie Institution staff member. Students will also tour other area research facilities and participate in a weekly seminar program. The program starts on 5 June and ends 11 August 2006. This program is also funded the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
Deadline: 31 January 2006

National Research Council of the National Academies
Space Policy Internship

This internship provides a promising undergraduate with an opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in Washington, D.C., under the aegis of the National Academies. Internships can last up to 10 weeks. The start date is to be determined by the intern and the Space Studies Board, but will generally fall between mid-June and early July.
Deadline: 20 February 2006

Institute for Defense Analyses
IDA Summer Internship Program

Each year, IDA hires several paid student interns at its Virginia and Washington, D.C., facilities to work for 12-18 weeks during the summer months. Each intern works with a member of the IDA research staff on tasks associated with studies involving national security and space systems. The list of desired disciplines includes astronautical engineering.
Deadline: 30 March 2006

José Fernández is GrantsNet’s Program Associate.

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