The Astrobiology Chair is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library of Congress for a period of up to twelve months. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar engages in research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its humanistic and societal implications. The appointment ensures the subject of astrobiology’s role in culture and society receives considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C. A stipend during the term of appointment supports the scholar.
The Chair is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, or other related fields. The Chair may undertake research on a range of societal issues related to how life begins and evolves, or examine the religious, ethical, legal, cultural and other concerns arising from scientific research on the origin, evolution, and nature of life in the universe.
The link to online information about the NASA Chair in Astrobiology and the application is: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/NASA-astrobiology.html.