A community dedicated to scientific excellence and boundary-pushing research

Unparalleled access to world-class facilities


Highly competitive benefits and programming

The Carnegie Approach

Carnegie Science researchers are given the time, the resources, and the community to ask big questions and forge new paths of discovery.

Our record of innovation is founded on our unique structure, which enables our creative and ambitious scientists to devote their time and energy to forefront research. Carnegie Science's highly collegial and collaborative environment encourages investigators to think across disciplines and pursue high-risk lines of inquiry that have the potential to yield exceptional results.

Benefits and Programs

Scientific Fellowships

From summer interns to senior researchers, Carnegie Science is deeply invested in creating a dynamic learning environment that empowers, informs, and inspires scientists at every stage of their careers.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellows at Carnegie Science experience an extraordinary amount of independence, flexibility, and mentorship—giving our early career researchers leg up as they find their academic footing and flourish. 

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Our summer internship programs give undergraduate students a chance to experience life in the lab! These paid programs provide hands-on experience, scientific mentorship, and professional development workshops that prepare students for graduate-level work. 

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Graduate Research Fellowships

The Predoctoral Program in Theoretical, Computational, and Observational Astrophysics at the Carnegie Science Observatories offers advanced graduate students a unique five-month opportunity to engage in collaborative research, develop new skills, and build lasting connections. Participants work on-site with guidance from postdoctoral scholars and a staff sponsor.

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Global Visitor Fellowship

This program brings distinguished researchers from around the globe to the Carnegie Science Earth & Planets Laboratory to enhance the intellectual environment and research activity through collaboration, scholarship, and fellowship. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

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A Culture of Collaboration

At Carnegie Science, we believe a collaborative and collegiate approach to research is essential to scientific excellence. 

Many of our most exciting discoveries can be traced to spontaneous interactions between our researchers and the collegial environment fostered by our administrative and technical staff. Together, our community is a crucible of bold ideas, creative solutions, and transformational discoveries. 

Across divisions and at every level, we are unified by our mission to advance investigation, research, and discovery and apply that knowledge to improve humankind. All of our Carnegie Science research campuses have vibrant, lively communities where scientists exchange ideas and employees from every job cohort take advantage of ample professional growth opportunities, develop mentoring relationships, and enthusiastically, and just-for-fun activities ranging from soccer tournaments to cookie-decorating extravaganzas and from nature hikes to baseball nights. 

Postdocs and scientists cheer on Rapids Bridge in Rock Creek Park during Postdoc Appreciation Day

Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Carnegie is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse individuals with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. 

Scientific research, like all human endeavors, yields the best results when done by an inclusive and diverse group of individuals. 


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