NASA has selected 36 fellows for its prestigious Einstein, Hubble, and Sagan Fellowships. Each postdoctoral fellowship provides three years of support to awardees to pursue independent research in astronomy and astrophysics. The new fellows will begin their programs in the fall of 2016 at a host university or research center of their choosing in the United States.
NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) have announced the selection of 17 new Hubble Fellows. STScI in Baltimore, Maryland, administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA.
The Hubble Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists whose research is broadly related to the mission of NASA's Cosmic Origins (COR) Program, which examines the origins of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems, and the evolution of these structures with cosmic time. The COR Program consists of a suite of operating science missions that includes the Herschel Space Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), and the Spitzer Space Telescope, and possible future missions that focus on specific aspects of these questions.
Each year, the current Hubble Fellows convene for a three-day symposium to present the results of their recent research and to meet face-to-face with other Hubble Fellows and with the scientific and administrative staff who manage the program. The 2016 symposium was held at STScI on March 14-16.
"Hubble Fellows are the future leaders of our field, and these prestigious fellowships give them a wonderful opportunity to grow professionally and establish their credentials. This impressive class of Fellows will surely make major contributions to astronomical research for years to come. Congratulations to all of them", said Ken Sembach, STScI director.
The new Hubble Fellows will begin their programs in the fall of 2016 and are listed below in alphabetical order with their Ph.D. and host institutions:
NASA has two other astrophysics theme-based fellowship programs: the Sagan Fellowship Program which supports research in exoplanet exploration; and the Einstein Fellowship Program which supports research into the physics of the cosmos.