Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory (SAO) Predoctoral Program

Deadline: Year-round, 6 weeks before the intended appointment start date

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed preliminary coursework and examinations and be ready to begin dissertation research at the time of the award.

Description: This predoctoral program welcomes graduate students from universities around the world interested in carrying out all or part of their research under the guidance of SAO Scientists. Each candidate must secure the sponsorship of an SAO advisor and the permission of her/his university's department head. All applications to the Fellowship Program are required to list the SAO scientist who has agreed to serve as a sponsor for each proposed research project. Stipends for the 2016-2017 academic year were $31,284. Funds may also be available for relocation, travel, and other expenses.