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Student Opportunities


The 2nd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science
The 2nd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science will be held at the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS) in Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy from 22 to 26 May, 2017. The School — taking place in the enchanting Amalfi Coast – is aimed to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art picture of a variety of relevant aspects of the fast-developing, highly interdisciplinary field of exoplanets research. The Lecture topics of the 2nd year of School will be focused on the atmospheres of exoplanets. The Lectures will be delivered by four senior researchers to an audience of graduate students, Ph.D. students and young post-docs.

Registration will open on October 1, 2016.


2016 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award
This award is established by the Planetary Science Institute in memory of Senior Scientist Betty Pierazzo to support and encourage graduate students to build international collaborations and relationships in planetary science. Two awards will be made each year, contingent upon there being meritorious applications. One will be awarded to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution within the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting (conferences and workshops) outside of the U.S. The second award will be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution outside of the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting within the U.S. These include general meetings that have planetary-focused sessions such as the AGU, GSA, EGU, and IAG. The award will consist of a certificate and up to $2000 US.


Application Deadline: 9pm PST November 30, 2016


Small Bodies Assessment Group: Early Career Travel Support
We are planning to offer limited U.S. travel support for early career scientists to participate in the SBAG 16 meeting, to be held at the University of Arizona on January 11–13, 2017.  Interested undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and other early career scientists (within 3 years of PhD/MS/BS) should submit a letter and a CV to SBAG Early Career Secretary Angela Stickle ( by COB (5 pm Eastern time) November 25, 2016. Included in the letter, which must not exceed 2 pages, should be a demonstration of financial need and an explanation of how the applicant’s work relates to the purposes of the SBAG. The letter and CV should be combined into a single PDF document for submission by e-mail attachment.  Recipients of travel support will be expected to give a short presentation of their SBAG-relevant work at the SBAG 16 meeting.


Application Deadline: 5pm EST November 25, 2016


LPI Summer Intern Program
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, they will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. The 10-week program begins June 5, 2017, and ends on August 11, 2017. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.


Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.  The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017; Renewal Deadline: March 15, 2017

Conferences (2016)


Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae 
November 14–18, 2016
Toulouse, France 
End of early bird registration deadline: October 1, 2016


14th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group
November 29–December 1, 2016
NASA Headquarters, Washington DC

Travel support will be available for students and early career scientists (within 5 years of PhD)


Search for Life: From Early Earth to Exoplanets
December 12–16, 2016
Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Registration deadline: September 1, 2016


2016 AGU Fall Meeting
December 12–16, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Early bird registration deadline: November 3, 2016

Conferences (2017)


229th American Astronomical Society Meeting
January 3–7
Grapevine, TX
Abstract Deadline: October 4, 2016


16th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
January 11–13, 2017
Tucson, AZ


Sixth International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations
January 17–20, 2017
Granada, Spain
Abstract submission deadline: October 14, 2016


21st International Microlensing Conference
February 1–3, 2017
Pasadena, CA
Half Day Workshop: January 31, 2017
Early Registration and Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017


Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop
February 27–28 and March 1, 2017
NASA Headquarters, Washington DC


6th Interplanetary Cubesat Conference
May 30–31, 2017
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2017

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships


The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, exploration systems, lunar science, astrobiology, or astrophysics. Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
NASA Postdoctoral Program


Venus Opportunities


Venus and Extreme Environment In-Situ Science Investigations and Capability Development
This postdoctoral Fellowship at Glenn Research Center concentrates on in-situ Venus geophysics/atmospheric physics and chemistry studies performed in Venus-relevant environments, and exploring the capabilities of potential harsh environment instrumentation suites to provide relevant science data related to these studies. The core of this work is aimed at preparing NASA to have the relevant core scientific understanding and capabilities to conduct extended scientific investigations on Venus. Requirements are a recent Ph.D. in geophysics/ geology or atmospheric physics. Experience in experiment design or instrument/space craft system development is desirable.The position is for two years with a possible extension to three years. Apply through the NASA Postdoctoral Program website.


Postdoctoral Scientist at the Arecibo Observatory in Planetary Radar
The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Scientist position in the Planetary Radar group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This position would involve observations, data processing, archiving, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies with the Arecibo Planetary Radar system. Experience in astronomical observations of Solar System objects, small-bodies geophysics, astronomical instrumentation, and/or numerical inverse modeling is desirable. Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred but not required. The incumbent would be expected to participate in radar observations and also carry out an independent research program. The Observatory has significant computing facilities. Conference travel and equipment support are available. This position shall be for a two year appointment with the likely renewal of one year.


Planetary Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Postdoctoral Scientist
The successful candidate will join a team from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), GSFC, Columbia University, and other institutions as part of the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science ( Team research addresses the habitability of past Solar System and exoplanet climates and informs exoplanet mission design. The candidate will be expected to perform original research, present results at scientific meetings, and publish first-author
peer-reviewed papers. The candidate will be resident at NASA GISS in New York City. Requirements include: a PhD in atmospheric science, chemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, or a similar field. Expertise in atmospheric chemistry and willingness to become involved in chemistry-aerosol parameterization development are required, but the broad scope of the project allows for many possible research directions and collaborations in studying atmospheric composition impacts on a variety of climates using the model. Strong mathematics and programming skills are also required. For further information contact Anthony DelGenio (


Exploration Fellowship at Arizona State University
ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is once again offering its Exploration Fellowship: a 3-year postdoc position with a generous salary and discretionary stipend. Applicants must have a PhD by July 2017 but no earlier than 2012. Applicants whose projects create new collaborations among SESE faculty members are especially desired. The mission of the Exploration Fellowships is to foster a leading, interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU by attracting and supporting outstanding early-career scientists. Research areas within the School encompass theoretical and observational astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary sciences, exploration systems engineering, astronomical instrumentation, and science education.


Application Deadline: November 18, 2016


Planetary Sciences Exploration Postdoctoral Position at the University of Central Florida

The Department of Physics ( at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Florida Space Institute (FSI) invite applications for a post-doctoral position as part of the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). We seek candidates with interests in exploration-related planetary science including, but not limited to, primitive asteroid mineralogy, regolith processes, and in-situ resource utilization. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in Geological Sciences, Planetary Sciences, or a closely related discipline. The successful applicant is expected to be involved in CLASS projects related to the physical properties of asteroidal materials, development of asteroid regolith simulants, and asteroid regolith processes. Interested individuals should provide include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research, and a list of three professional references with contact information to Dr. Daniel Britt (