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Summer Research Fellowship

The Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy Summer Research Fellowship seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of rising sophomores and juniors for mentored independent research experiences. Each research fellow will work with JHU/Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral scholars, and PhD students on an original research project in astronomy & astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, materials science, or particle physics (see the JHU research page and STScI research page). Actual projects will be based on a fellow’s background and defined by the overlap of a fellow’s and mentor’s research interests.  Rather than providing a list of projects to choose from, we instead ask prospective fellows for their backgrounds and interests to help create suitable projects.  We welcome applications from US citizens, permanent residents, and all others.

In addition, the fellowship offers weekly enrichment activities designed to enhance fellows’ soft skills and to prepare them for future careers in research.  If fellows and mentors are mutually agreeable, then there is a good chance that fellows will be invited back to continue their research in subsequent summers.

We hope to make offers to five fellows for a 10-week program during the summer of 2021. Each fellow will be provided with a stipend of $6,000 and support for travel to and from JHU’s Homewood campus in north Baltimore, MD.  Homewood is a traditional college setting in the heart of a big city: think red-brick buildings and tree-lined pathways, an iconic clock tower, and expansive green quads in a city with a rich history that has blossomed into a hub of social, cultural, and economic activity. The campus is spacious and wooded, like a park. There’s even an area we call The Beach, where students can spread out a blanket on the grass to read, hang out with friends, or people-watch (sorry, there’s no sand or surf). A housing allowance to offset the cost of a furnished studio apartment will be provided to non-local fellows.

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Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy Summer Research Fellowship information session video


The application for summer 2021 fellowships is currently open and will close on February 15, 2021. Initial offers will be made before March 15, 2021. Please email with any questions about the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy Summer Research Fellowship.

The application requires:

  1. The completion of the application web form including the upload of a resume or CV and a statement of interest (both in pdf format).
  2. The submission via email (to of all unofficial transcripts (in pdf format) from the applicant.
  3. The submission via email (to of two letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant from the letter writers themselves.

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