The 51 Pegasi b Fellowship Program sponsored by the Heising-Simons Foundation provides an opportunity for promising recent doctoral scientists to conduct novel theoretical, experimental, or observational research in planetary astronomy. The fellowship program supports postdoctoral fellows to advance our fundamental understanding of planet formation and evolution, solar system science, planetary atmospheres, protoplanetary disks, exoplanet science, or other closely related topics. The fellowship program recognizes early-career investigators of significant potential and provides them with the opportunity to conduct independent research at a selected host institution.

The Foundation anticipates awarding six to eight fellowships this year. The Heising-Simons Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within its community. Thus, we particularly welcome applications from individuals who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in planetary sciences and astronomy such as women, persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, gender and sexual minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification of the field.

Awarded postdoctoral fellows are expected to carry out a strong, coherent research program. Each recipient will receive a three-year grant of up to $375,000 to cover salary, benefits, highly-flexible discretionary spending (e.g., travel, child care, personal computers, etc.), and indirect costs.

51 Pegasi b Fellowship research must be pursued at one of the 14 following host institutions:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Cornell University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Harvard University / Harvard-Smithsonian
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Chicago
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Princeton University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Arizona
  • Yale University

Each recipient will receive a three-year grant of up to $375,000 to cover salary, benefits, highly-flexible discretionary spending (e.g., research equipment, publication fees, travel, child care, personal computers, etc.), and indirect costs.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020

Selection Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021

Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants