OSP FO# 11-211

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)

PROGRAM: Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy and astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 3 years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institution(s) of their choice. Candidates may propose to hold the fellowship at: U.S. institutions of higher education; NSF-funded national centers, facilities or institutes such as the national observatories or the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP); U.S. non-profit organizations with research and educational missions; and/or International sites that are operated by U.S. organizations eligible for NSF funding, such as Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory (CTIO) or Gemini South.

The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the community.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Fellowships are awarded to individuals, and proposals must be submitted directly by the applicant to NSF. Eligibility is limited to citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States who have earned a doctoral degree within 5 years of the proposal deadline date or expect to receive the doctoral degree by 1 October of the award year. Individuals who have not yet received their doctoral degrees at the time of application must, in the event of being selected for an award, present evidence of having completed all academic requirements before beginning their fellowships at their host institutions. Fellows must not have participated in postdoctoral training for a combined full-time-equivalent duration of more than 3 years prior to the proposal deadline.

DEADLINES: October 12, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates supporting up to 8-9 awards annually. Support may be requested for periods of up to 3 years, at a level of $89,000 per year. Fellowship stipends of $62,000 annually are paid directly to the Fellow on a monthly schedule. A research allowance of $27,000 per year is provided to the Fellow for expenses directly related to the conduct of research, expenses in support of the Fellow and expenses in support of fringe benefits. No additional appointment or fellowship may be held during the period of the fellowship. No other remuneration from any source may be accepted during the period of the fellowship without permission of the cognizant Program Officer.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Edward A. Ajhar, Program Officer
Division of Astronomical Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1045 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5039
Fax: (703) 292-9034
Email: eajhar@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11559/nsf11559.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted via FastLane, NSF’s web-based system for proposal submission and review. 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 either FastLane.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-559 and NSF 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.