1.  For Faculty – The Astrobiology Faculty Diversity Program  

The goal of the AFD Program is to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. Faculty members at a US college or university designated by the US Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution, or who are themselves a member of an underrepresented minority group, and who are prepared to conduct scientific research related to astrobiology, may apply for up to 10 weeks of financial support, including housing and travel, as well as additional funds to continue the research with students and/or astrobiology labs and curriculum. Over the past ten years, the program has provided opportunities for faculty members  to partner with NASA Astrobiology-funded investigators at NASA Centers and all across the US.Application Deadline April 16, 2018

For more information, see the attached flyer or https://nai.nasa.gov/funding/afdp/

2.. For Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students involved in astrobiology research 

AbGradCon – Don’t miss the chance to attend AbGradCon, a unique conference for graduate students and early career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network. AbGradCon 2018 marks the 14th year of this conference, this time held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta from Monday, June 4th to Friday, June 8th. The Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR), a training opportunity on effective proposal writing, takes place from June 1st to June 4th. Application Deadline: February 5, 2018

For more info: http://abgradcon.org/index.html

3. For Graduate Students:

NASA Fellowship Activity 2018

 NASA Office of Education opened a call for graduate research proposals on January 17, 2018. The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH18ZHA003N:NASA Fellowship Activity 2018 is seeking student authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The purpose of the NASA FellowshipActivity 2018 is to support thevitality anddiversityofthe STEM workforce of NASA and the UnitedStates by training and funding graduate students during their STEM academic endeavors and providing access to NASA, its content, unique facilities, and STEM experts. The program details and requirements are outlined in the solicitation document.

To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2018. Candidates must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2018, and intend to pursue a research-based Masters or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

Proposals are due March 20, 2018.

For full program details, visithttps://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId={1CA633C8-7767-8658-6260-F318694A347B}&path=open. An informational webinar about this fellowship will be presented on Jan. 24 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET, Jan. 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET or Feb. 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The telecom number is 1-844-467-6272, and the passcode is 993012. The information to join the meeting via the web will be posted on the solicitation webpage once the information is available.

Questions concerning these program elements may be directed to Elizabeth Cartier at elizabeth.a.cartier@nasa.gov.


4. For Undergraduate juniors and seniors who are engaged in an astrobiology research project 

Please submit a research abstract to AbGradCon. The organizers have funding to facilitate need-based travel support for conference participants, expecially first time attendees. See www.abgradcon.org, for additional details and to apply. Applications are due February 5th, 2018.