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14 January 2022

First Independent Review of the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program Now Available

The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) supports promising postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research which contributes to NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development. In 2021, NASA Headquarters (HQ) initiated the first external review of NHFP in its 30+ year existence, with the aim to identify best practices, gaps, and areas of improvement. The external review panel was charged with examining two broad areas:

  • The success of the NHFP under its current structure
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion of the program

The nine members of the panel included astrophysicists and engineers, as well as social scientists with expertise in issues of diversity and inclusion. To gather data, the work included a series of presentations in June and July 2021 by the Hubble Space Telescope Operations Project, the leads for each of the Fellowship flavors (i.e., Hubble, Einstein, and Sagan), past and current Fellows, and others. The panel then met multiple times for in-depth discussions of the findings, followed by both synchronous and asynchronous work to organize and write the various sections of the report. The members of the panel, who were not civil servants, worked with the two co-chairs, who were civil servants, on the findings. Based on the findings, the co-chairs formulated recommendations for NASA HQ.

The final report, The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program: A Review of 30 Years of Promoting Excellence in Astrophysics [PDF], was submitted on 7 October 2021, so as to be available for the Astrophysics Advisory Committee meeting scheduled 13 and 15 October 2021.

With the cancellation of the January AAS meeting, the planned Splinter Session to discuss the panel report and planned response has also been canceled. We will schedule a public webinar to discuss the report’s findings and recommendations, NASA’s approach to developing a response, and to solicit comments and priorities from the community in late February. More details will be announced as we firm up our plans. In the meantime, people are encouraged to download the report [PDF] and read it.


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