Opportunities: CfA Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Requirements: The CfA Postdoctoral Program Awards is designed for candidates whose interests and proposed research programs fall under an active field of research at the CfA. Candidates are encouraged to study the Overview of the CfA in consideration of this requirement. Applicants are expected to pursue research programs of their own conception and design, and they should state clearly why they believe that their professional goals would be furthered through research opportunities at the CfA. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their capability for original research through first-author refereed publications in major astronomy journals.

Academic Background: The Fellowship Committee recognizes an obligation to make awards to those who have not already had the opportunity for extensive postdoctoral research support. Applicants must have at least one first-author refereed journal paper (submitted papers are acceptable) at the time of application.

NOTE: Only applicants who receive their Ph.D. between January 1, 2017 and September 1, 2018 will be considered unless there are special circumstances such as illness or national service.


  • Stipends for the current academic year are $68,000.
  • Annual research budget of $16,000.
  • Full health insurance coverage for Fellows and their dependents
  • Relocation is $7,500.

Length of the Award: The CfA Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded for a period of three years, with renewal for a fourth-year likely, contingent upon satisfactory progress.

Start Date: July or September 2018.


Clay Fellow Warren Brown