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Division of Astronomical Sciences

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships  (AAPF)

Important Announcement

Award offers for the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships are normally made on or around February 1.  However, due to the partial federal government shutdown, review panels for the program have been delayed because many NSF employees were not permitted to work during the shutdown.  We will complete the review of proposals and make offers as soon as possible.  Further updates will be posted here.

Name Email Phone Room
Harshal  Gupta (703) 292-5039  W9154  


Solicitation  18-574

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    August 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020

    August 15 - October 15, Annually Thereafter

    August 15, 2021 - October 15, 2021

    August 15 - October 15, Annually Thereafter


NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institutions of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the scientific community.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program