Astrobiology Fellows

The GT Astrobiology Program has received generous support from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences Sutherland Dean’s Chair to launch a new program: the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship program is both to recognize the efforts of involved individuals in the astrobiology community and to recruit new members who serve as leaders into the future. Fellows will demonstrate leadership excellence, contribute to building and sustaining a connected community, and be passionate about sharing the wonders of astrobiology.

Fellows will serve as the primary organizers for several annual events hosted by the GT Astrobiology Program and ExplOrigins student organization for the year of their fellowship including  (1) co-organizing a fall social event with an external speaker and (2) co-organizing the winter/spring ExplOrigins Colloquium. Fellows are additionally expected to (3) be engaged in a service or outreach activity of the Fellows’ choice in support of the GT Astrobiology Program. Examples of service activities could include organizing the bi-weekly ExplOrigins discussions, high school outreach, establishing and leading an undergraduate mentoring program, workshop organizing, web communication, launching and maintaining new social media platforms, or other ideas that you want to see implemented! Plans for the service activity should be detailed as part of the application essay.

We expect to award five fellows in 2021. Each Fellow will receive a one-year award of $4,000 for reimbursement of purchases related to their research or educational activities, including travel, technology, registration, and other professional development activities.

Eligibility: Current Georgia Tech graduate (MS and PhD) students and postdocs are eligible to apply. We encourage applications from diverse fields and backgrounds; applicants are not limited to those within College of Sciences.

Application form

Application deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

Fellowship applications will be reviewed the first week of May 2021 by the Astrobiology Fellowship Selection Committee (Jennifer Glass, Margaret E. Kosal, Aaron Pital, Micah J. Schaible, Loren Williams, and Amanda Stockton). Awards will be announced by May 7, 2021.