2024 Fellowship Deadline Postponement Request


Dear astronomy, planetary, and space science community in Israel and abroad,


Since October 7th we have faced a horrifying reality that affects many aspects of our lives, including our research and future career paths. As those of you on the job market are probably aware, the deadlines of many US- and Europe-based fellowships are quickly approaching. We recognize the challenge you face in meeting the deadlines during these difficult days.

We are writing to let you know that we sent a letter on behalf of the Division of Astronomy Planetary and Space Sciences (DAPSS) of the Israel Physical Society (IPS), and signed by the heads of the relevant departments in Israel, with a request to postpone the submission deadline of several postdoctoral fellowships in the US and Europe for those who have been affected by the war in Israel. The request is for the deadline to be postponed by three weeks, for individuals who indicate that they were affected by the war in Israel, whether they currently live in Israel or abroad. 

The full list of fellowships we contacted is posted in this link, which will also be updated with any extensions that are granted. Please note that since the fellowship committees usually convene a few weeks after the deadline, it is not likely that further extensions will be possible. The request applies to your applications as well as to the recommendations that must be submitted by your letter writers. We have started to receive some responses shown below.

There is no set policy on how individual applications may be postponed. We recommend that if you wish to take advantage of this extension you:

1) indicate in your application that you were affected by the war, and hence are submitting late, and

2) if you can, send a short note before the original deadline to the fellowship organization, to let them know you plan to submit late.

Please feel free to contact us (Shany Danieli, Dalya Baron, or Oded Aharonson) if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like us to contact a fellowship committee that is not on the list. We request your help in forwarding this message to people you know abroad or in Israel who may need this extension and are not included in the Israeli departments' mailing lists. 


Prof. Oded Aharonson <Oded.Aharonson@weizmann.ac.il>
Chair, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science
Chair, Division of Astronomy, Planetary and Space Sciences, Israel Physical Society

Dr. Shany Danieli <sdanieli@astro.princeton.edu>
NASA Hubble Fellow & Carnegie-Princeton Fellow, Princeton University 

Dr. Dalya Baron <dalyabaron@gmail.com>
Carnegie-Princeton Fellow, Carnegie Observatories


The list of fellowship committees approached is below, last updated Nov 2, 2023.


NASA Hubble Fellowship, Original deadline: Nov 2, 2023,  2 weeks extension granted, details on the web site.

Jansky Fellowship, Original deadline: Nov 1, 2023

Burke Fellowship; Caltech, Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023,  2 weeks extension granted

In recognition of the impact that recent events may have on junior scholars from various parts of the world, we are allowing a grace period of up to two weeks only for applicants who are directly affected by war or disaster. For such applicants, the updated deadline for both applications and reference letters will be Wednesday, November 29. If you plan to submit your application during this grace period, please contact pmapd@caltech.edu ahead of time so that our review committees can plan accordingly.

Institute for Advance Studies, Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023, Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Dunlap Fellowship (Toronto), Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023

MPIA fellowships, Original deadline: Nov 30, 2023, 3 weeks extension granted

For potential applicants affected by ongoing armed conflicts, we will accept applications submitted by Dec 20, 2023. If possible, we would appreciate a brief email with a note of intent for the application by the original deadline (Nov 30, 2023) so we can plan accordingly. In these cases, notes of intent and all application materials (including reference letters) should be sent to both Dr. Eduardo Bañados (banados@mpia.de) and Susanne Koltes-Al-Zoubi (koltes@mpia.de).

Cambridge exoplanets, Original deadline: Nov 1, 2023, extension to Nov 12, 2023, granted

Flatiron/CCA fellowships, Original deadline: Nov 1, 2023

Leiden exoplanets, Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023

Princeton fellowships, Original deadline: Nov 1, 2023, 3 weeks extension granted

CfA Fellowship, Clay Fellowship, Original deadline: Nov 9, 2023, 2 weeks extension granted, based upon request

Applicants facing strong extenuating circumstances may contact the CfA to request an extension to the deadline. This includes individuals affected by the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.  An email containing the request should be sent to ecr-coordinator@cfa.harvard.edu before November 3, 2023. The length of the approved extension will depend on the need but will not in any case exceed two weeks beyond the original deadline.

CITA; Toronto, Original deadline: Nov 6, 2023, 3 weeks extension granted

NYU, Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023

Columbia, Original deadline: Nov 6, 2023, 3 weeks extension granted, candidates should submit letter of intent

KITP; UCSB, Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023, 3 weeks extension granted

CIERA; Northwestern, Original deadline: Nov 15, 2023, extension to Nov 30, 2023, granted

Carnegie Observatories Fellowships, Original deadline: Oct 30, 2023, 3 weeks extension granted, details on the web site

Those planning to submit during the grace period, we appreciate it if they can contact cfellow@obs.carnegiescience.edu and/or ctacfellow@carnegiescience.edu ahead of time so that our review committees can plan accordingly.

KIPAC; Stanford,  Original deadline: Nov 3, 2023, extension granted

Late applicants are requested to inform the committee by email to postdoc-recruit@kipac.stanford.edu 


Additional Notes:

CITA's has a program for Displaced Scholars.   The program has limited funds, but we will do whatever we can to provide assistance to those in need.  The Canadian Astronomical Society maintains a list of resources within Canada for Scholars at Risk here