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SAO Predoctoral Fellowship Program

Sponsored by: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Applicant must be a graduate student wishing to carry out all or part of their thesis research at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Completion of preliminary coursework and examinations prior to start of the SAO Predoctoral Program and approval of Department Head at applicant's university are required. Application must list the SAO scientist who has agreed to serve as a sponsor for each proposed research project; applicant must directly contact the scientist in their particular research area.


Application Deadline Rolling
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Fellowship
Number of Applications 30
Required areas of study astronomy, astrophysics, atomic/molecular physics, planetary science
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable if recipient maintains satisfactory progress.
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? no



Min $32,232


Average 8
Min 8

Contact Information

Christine Crowley
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
60 Garden Street, Mail Stop 67
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Phone: (617) 495-7103
Fax: (617) 496-7589

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