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The Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) resides in the Theoretical Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling.


The April 2014 issue of Discover chronicles Avi Loeb's search for our universe's earliest gas clouds, galaxies and stars to tell the scientific version of Genesis.

Astronomy for Everyone, a neuro-diversity workshop for high school kids with Dyslexia, ADHD, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders, will take place on April 25 2014. Sponsored by the Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, the ITC and the LVL.

Avi Loeb's New York Times Quote of the Day: "The experience is as exciting for astronomers as it is for parents taking the first photos of their infant eating", on the prospect of observing a black hole devour a gas cloud, accompanied the article entitled "It's Snack Time in the Cosmos".

In Nature, Avi Loeb and collaborator Paulo Pani, of the University of Lisbon in Portugal, posit that primordial black holes are unlikely to exist in numbers sufficient to explain dark matter

The 2014 Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society has been awarded to Doug Finkbeiner, together with Tracy Slatyer, and Meng Su, former students and ITC members, "for their discovery, in gamma rays, of the large unanticipated Galactic structure called the 'Fermi Bubbles.'"

In Nature, Avi Loeb theorizes that planets orbiting the first stars could have been habitable, challenging arguments for a multiverse. "Life possible in the early Universe"

The 'Dark Energy String Quartet', performed a holiday season concert, featuring performances by ITC Visiting Scholar Chung-Pei Ma, violin, Brian Clague, violin, Derek Katz, viola, and Ti Bodenheimer, cello, on December 4th, 2013. Click here for photos.

ITC Faculty members Alicia Soderberg and John Johnson, along with former ITC Post-doctoral Fellow Anna Frebel are named among Astronomy Magazine's "Rising Stars" in the July 2013 issue.

Ramesh Narayan, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard University, has been been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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Jim Moran has been selected to receive the 2013 Grote Reber Gold Medal in Physics for his pioneering work in the development and application of spectroscopic Very Long Baseline Interferometry in the field of Radio Astronomy.

Rebekah Dawson and Matthew Walker have received the Martin and Beate Block Award for Promising Young Physicists at the 2013 Aspen Center Particle Astrophysics Conference.

Click here for photos from the fifth annual ITC Soccer Cup match, August 11, 2013.

Click here for photos from the Fall 2013 ITC Reception, September 22, 2013.

NEWS ARCHIVE: Click here for a listing of previous news items.

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Click here for a listing of photos from past years.


For general directions to the CfA, click here.

Directions and other information for visitors may be found here (password protected).


Visiting Scholars

Faculty on sabbatical from institutions outside Harvard wishing to conduct research at the ITC, typically for one semester in residence, may contact the ITC Director, Avi Loeb. Applicants must be endorsed and nominated by Senior ITC members.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

For application procedures for the ITC Postdoctoral Fellowship, please click here.

Predoctoral Fellowships

Graduate students at institutions outside Harvard wishing to conduct thesis research at the ITC for a period of one year may apply to the SAO Predoctoral Program.

The ITC also has limited funds to support students wishing to conduct research at the ITC for a period of one to three months. For more information, please email itcinfo[at]cfa.harvard.edu.


The Eric R. Keto Prize for Graduate Students in Theoretical Astrophysics, endowed with a generous donation by ITC Senior Member Eric Keto, is awarded each year for the best thesis in theoretical astrophysics by a student at the CfA, as selected by the Senior Members of the ITC.


Seventh Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Theoretical Astrophysics: Testing General Relativity (GR) with Astrophysical Systems, May 14 - 17, 2012 in Cambridge MA. Sponsored by Raymond and Beverly Sackler and Irwin Shapiro.

Sixth Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Theoretical Astrophysics: Dynamics from the Galactic Center to the Milky Way Halo, May 10 - 13, 2010 in Cambridge MA. Sponsored by Raymond and Beverly Sackler.


For information on all Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities, please click here.

Information on the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship Program, can be found here.

Canadian citizens may apply for funding through the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

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