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Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-Ascend)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-501 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports postdoctoral fellows performing impactful research in MPS fields while broadening the participation of groups that are underrepresented in the mathematical and physical sciences.


The purpose of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) program is to support postdoctoral Fellows who will broaden the participation of groups that are underrepresented in MPS fields in the U.S. including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islanders as future leaders in MPS fields. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help broadening participation within MPS fields. The program funds postdoctoral Fellows in research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development and facilitates their transition into a faculty appointment. Awards will support research in any scientific area within the purview of the five MPS Divisions: the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Chemistry (CHE), Materials Research (DMR), Mathematical Sciences (DMS), and Physics (PHY). Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

Program contacts

Harshal Gupta
hgupta@nsf.gov (703) 292-5039 MPS/AST
Rebecca Peebles
rpeebles@nsf.gov (703) 292-8809
Nitsa Rosenzweig
nirosenz@nsf.gov (703)292-7256 MPS/DMR
Swatee Naik
snaik@nsf.gov (703) 292-4876
Kathleen V. McCloud
kmccloud@nsf.gov (703) 292-8236 MPS/PHY
Michelle Bushey
mbushey@nsf.gov (703) 292-4938 MPS/OAD

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