OSP FO# 11-133

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

PROGRAM: NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)

OBJECTIVES: This program awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to highly qualified investigators within 3 years of obtaining their PhD to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. EAR focuses on improving our understanding of the Earth’s structure, composition, evolution, and the interaction with the Earth’s biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. The program is intended to recognize young investigators of significant potential, and provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Proposals must be submitted by individuals. NSF postdoctoral fellowships are awards to individuals, not to institutions. However, the individuals must affiliate with an institution (e.g. colleges and universities, privately-sponsored nonprofit institutes and museums, government agencies and laboratories) anywhere in the world. Individuals can only submit one fellowship proposal to EAR per fiscal year.

Applicants must:

- Be U.S. citizens (or nationals) or legally admitted permanent residents of the United States at the time of application;
- Either currently be a graduate student or, have held a PhD degree in a scientific or engineering field for no more than 3 years prior to the award start date;
- Must present research and education plans that fall within the purview of EAR;
- Select a host institution and sponsoring scientist different from the doctoral degree and current position (current at the time of award);
- Not have submitted concurrently the same project to another NSF program.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to provide 10 fellowships per year, at $85,000 each, between FY 2011 and FY 2012.

Lina Patino
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: 703-292-5047
Email: lpatino@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10500/nsf10500.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted using the Postdoctoral Fellowships module of FastLane, NSF’s web-based system for proposal submission and review. FastLane can be accessed at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through FastLane.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 10-500 and GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.