The goal of the Astrobiology Faculty Diversity Program (formerly known as the Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program) is to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community, The AFD Program aims to recruit new researchers into the astrobiology community, inspire and encourage underrepresented students to enter the field of astrobiology, and strengthen the infrastructure of astrobiology research at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The eligible candidate must be:

  • A faculty member at a US college or university designated by the US Department of Education as a MSI or a faculty member from an underrepresented minority group
  • Prepared to conduct scientific research related to astrobiology
  • A US Citizen or Permanent US Resident

The AFD Program provides a stipend, travel allowance, and follow-up support for faculty from Minority Serving Institutions:

  • Up to 10 weeks of support with a stipend of $1,000 per week
  • Up to $5,000 for housing and travel
  • An optional award of $10,000 following the sabbatical, intended to continue the research and involve students, and/or develop astrobiology laboratories or curriculum at the home institution.

More information and how to apply:

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