Einstein Fellowships

The Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship program, sponsored by NASA, awards Fellowships to recent Ph.D.s in astronomy, physics, and related disciplines.

Einstein Fellows hold their appointments at a Host Institution in the U.S. for research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos program. This includes high energy astrophysics relevant to Chandra, Fermi, XMM-Newton, and future NASA X-ray missions, cosmological investigations relevant to Planck, WFIRST, or new dark energy missions, and gravitational astrophysics relevant to LISA, Pathfinder and subsequent related missions. The proposed research may be observational, instrumental, theoretical, archival or study sources from these missions at other wavelengths.

The main criterion for proposal selection is the contribution of the proposed program of research to the scientific return of the Physics of the Cosmos missions. The Fellowship duration is three years (subject to review after the second year and to availability of funds from NASA).

Fellowship News

Einstein Fellowship Symposium


Einstein Fellowship Symposium
Oct 12-13, 2017
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Applications Closed


The application deadline was Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 for 2017 Einstein Fellowship appointments. Letters of reference are due Thu, Nov 10. See the Call for Proposals.

Fellow Recipients Announced


Thirteen Einstein Fellows were selected to the 2016 class. Read about them here.

Review Panel Deliberations Complete


A total of 163 applications were received for the 2016 Einstein Fellowship competition. Thirteen Fellowships will be awarded. The committee has finished their deliberations and all candidates have been notified including nine applicants on the waitlist.

Einstein Fellow's paper accepted to Nature


2015 Einstein Fellow Philipp Moesta and team have found that in the collapse of a massive star into a neutron star huge magnetic fields are produced sufficient to collimate a jet and drive a jet-driven supernova. Read more here.