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Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships in Astrophysics for Early Career Researchers

The goals of the Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship in Astrophysics (hereafter referred to as the Roman Fellowship) program are to give early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instruments/projects and become principal investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early-career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions.

Institutions and organizations are encouraged to submit proposals under the Roman Fellowship program on behalf of their outstanding early career researchers, including postdoctoral researchers, non-tenured faculty members, term civil servants, and employees, who intend to develop careers involving Astrophysics innovation and technology development, with the individual as the PI.  

The Roman Fellowship awards will be issued as grants except in the case of Government employees who will be directly funded.

The Roman Fellowship is structured into three components with specific gates for entering the next phase.  The first is an initial one-year Concept Study to generate the detailed plans and commitments for developing the proposed astrophysics technology.  The final report from the Concept Study, due nine-months after the start of the award, will be peer reviewed. A subset of the Technology Fellows will be selected to continue the fellowship for a four-year Development Effort to implement the plans conceived during the Concept Study.  Finally, an opportunity is available to Fellows in the four-year Development Effort to apply for start-up funds when they obtain a tenure-track, permanent civil service, or equivalent position.

Note: Each year, NASA selects nominees for Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the exceptionally meritorious awardees sponsored by its research programs. PECASE awards recognize outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their career, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. Each Presidential award is of five-years duration. NASA does not issue a special announcement for the PECASE award. The awardees of the Roman Fellowship program constitute one (but not the only) source of nominations for the PECASE by the Astrophysics Division.  If a Roman Fellowship awardee is selected for the PECASE award, the duration for the combined honor is five years.  Conversely, a current or former recipient of a PECASE award is not eligible to apply to the Roman Fellowship.

Roman Fellowship 2011 Winners

Judd Bowman Arizona State University
Michael McElwain NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Randall McEntaffer University of Iowa

Roman Fellowship 2012 Winners

Cullen Blake University of Pennsylvania
Kevin France University of Colorado

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