We will keep this page updated with existing opportunities for internal funding through the Center, as well as opportunities for funding for external collaborations. For further information on any of these opportunities please contact cpsh_ec@utlists.utexas.edu.

Visiting Scholarships

If you are interested in collaborating with members of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability, you may get in touch with a relevant collaborator or the CPSH Executive Committee at cpsh_ec@utlists.utexas.edu.

Student Opportunities

Request for Student-led Proposals in Planetary Habitability

The Center for Planetary Systems Habitability is pleased to announce a call for student-led proposals in any topic related to planetary habitability including but not limited to pre-biotic chemistry, origin of life, perseverance of life, mass extinctions/biotic crises, planetary dynamics, nutrient pathways, planetary atmospheres, biosignatures, habitable environments, planetary system dynamics, system and galactic hazards, galactic habitability, instrumentation, and planetary mission design. 

We welcome proposals for research expenses and student funding support at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

Examples of activities commensurate with anticipated funding levels include, but are not limited to:

  • student-led field and/or analytical costs,
  • URA/GRA salary support (summer or single semesters),
  • or purchase of equipment for student-led research.  

Deadline: The opportunity has a rolling deadline and the CPSH Executive Committee will begin reviewing proposals May 1, 2021.

How to apply: Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF that includes:

  • a 2-page proposal authored by the student,
  • a one-page curriculum vitae for the student, and
  • a letter of support from an advisor or faculty/scientist mentor.

To submit your proposal or to ask any questions on eligibility or scope please contact the Executive Committee: cpsh_ec@utlists.utexas.edu

Funding Programs

CPSH Seed Grant Program 2021
In March, the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability (CPSH) awarded funding under our 2021 seed grant program to the following PIs:

  • David Hoffman and Cornelia Rasmussen – Intramolecular carbon isotope distribution as a fingerprint illuminating the origin of organic molecules
  • Kirk Scanlan – Mapping buried Martian lava tubes through orbital radar sounding