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NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships

Modified: July 27, 2016

NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (FOA# NSF 16-568)

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) seeks proposals for Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships from recent recipients of doctoral degrees 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.  The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including facilities abroad). 

An individual is eligible to submit a proposal if all the following criteria are met:

  • Be U.S. citizens (or nationals) or legally admitted permanent residents of the United States (i.e., have a “green card”) at the time of application;
  • Either currently be a graduate student or, at the deadline date, have served in a position requiring the doctoral degree for no more than 18 full-time-equivalent months since earning the degree. If more than 18 months have elapsed between conferral of the doctoral degree and the deadline date, the candidate must include specific language in their Biographical Sketch (discussed below) affirming that they meet this eligibility requirement;
  • Must present research plan that falls within the purview of the Division of Earth Sciences at NSF;
  • Applicants are encouraged to expand the network of collaborators and implement the fellowship at an institution new to the applicant. However, applicants who choose to carry out the postdoctoral fellowship at the institution where they received their PhD or their current institution at the time of submission must: (1) have been at this institution for at least 12 months at the time of submission; (2) present a strong justification and clearly explain the benefits of this choice to their research and educational goals; and (3) have two scientific mentors, one at the hosting institution and a second mentor at a different institution who is a new collaborator with the applicant;
  • The research plan must be original and not have been a component of proposals previously submitted to the Division of Earth Sciences;
  • Not have submitted concurrently the same project to another NSF program.

Deadline: January 10, 2017

The Office of Research Development offers assistance in identifying and facilitating collaborations, putting together interdisciplinary teams, programmatic and administrative development of large, cross-school proposals, and leveraging institutional resources for outreach and education. Contact Nicole Moore, Director, for more information.

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