Carnegie-Chile Graduate Fellowship

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science is a non-profit, world-class astronomical research institution, with its offices located in Pasadena, California. The Observatories manages the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes at The Las Campanas Observatory on behalf of a consortium of universities, as well as a suite of telescopes, 2.5 meter and smaller. The Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) is located 160 km north of La Serena, Chile in the Andes Mountains. The site is one of the finest on the planet in terms of natural seeing, and in the near future will host the 24.5 meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) of which Carnegie is a founding partner.


The Carnegie-Chile Graduate Fellowship allows students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in Astronomy at Chilean universities to conduct research and directly collaborate with Carnegie scientists at both locations (Pasadena, California, and LCO, Chile).


Application deadline: May 31 st, 2017
Start date: August 1st, 2017

The program is aimed at second-year and beyond Ph.D. students in Astronomy enrolled in Chilean universities. Successful applicants will pursue a one-year (initial 6 month stay extendable to another 6 months) research program under the supervision of Carnegie scientists in Pasadena, California and/or LCO in Chile. Research projects pursued under this program are expected to produce publishable results and foster long-term scientific collaborations between Carnegie and Chilean astronomers. Ideally the research project should be compatible with the advancement of the PhD thesis of the student, and therefore should be approved by the primary Graduate Advisor of the student at the home institution. 

General Terms:

  • A list of Carnegie astronomers (staff, research astronomers, and postdocs) along with brief summaries of their current research are available in the Carnegie Observatories website (
  • Students who are interested in the program should contact potential advisors via e-mail to discuss possible research projects in more detail prior to applying to the program.
  • Graduate students in the program are not eligible to apply directly for Carnegie telescope observing time. However, they may have access to the telescopes through their home institutions and through their advisors at the Carnegie Observatories.
  • Prior written approval from their primary Graduate Advisor and the Department Chair at their home institution is required in order to participate in the program.
  • Students and their Graduate Advisors will be responsible for negotiating the terms of their temporary leave from their home institution during the duration of the program. The Carnegie Observatories will not be responsible for tuition expenses, nor any other expense associated with the student’s enrollment in their graduate program.
  • Electronic applications on the website will be made available on April 15th, 2017. Applications are due by May 31st, 2017.

Employment Terms:

  • Six-month position based either in Pasadena and/or Chile, with possible additional six- month extension, dependent on performance and available funding.
  • Ability to work legally in the US is required. Carnegie will sponsor the necessary J-1 Visa for non-US citizen students based in Pasadena. The Carnegie Observatories cannot pay for any expenses associated with processing of the necessary visas nor ensure the visas will be approved.
  • Six-month stipend of USD $17,000 (less employee share of health benefits and taxes) to be paid on a semi-monthly basis.
  • Students in Pasadena will be enrolled in the Carnegie employee Health Insurance program during the duration of the program. Carnegie pays for 75% of the costs. 
  • The Carnegie Observatories will pay travel expenses to/from Chile in full.
  • Graduate students are not permitted to accept any additional stipend, salary, or other remuneration of any kind from any other fellowship, grant, or appointment (including a teaching appointment), throughout the duration of the graduate student program. Students are expected to devote full time on their collaborative research program with their advisor. This excludes fellowships aimed at covering tuition and other expenses associated to enrollment in the home institution graduate program.

Application Process:

  • Carnegie is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
  • For questions regarding the program please contact Dr. Guillermo Blanc via e-mail at:
  • Only electronic applications submitted through our website will be considered.


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