About Us

The 2020 Decadal Survey has emphasized the need for astronomers to take an active role in removing barriers to pursuing careers in astronomy. The recent NASA Hubble Fellowship Program Review has highlighted the underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx fellows and the concentration of fellowship awards among a small number of institutions. The past few years have also been especially challenging for early career astronomers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted research and reduced networking opportunities.

We have put together a mentorship program in which current and previous prize postdoctoral fellows in astronomy provide professional and academic advice and support to PhD students performing astronomy-related research, especially those who may not have the same level of access to the resources and connections that many NHFP, NSF, and 51 Pegasi b fellows have benefited from. We seek to improve the diversity of recipients of independent postdoctoral fellowships, which have traditionally served as key stepping stones for leadership positions in astronomy.

This program is independently organized by NHFP, NSF, and 51 Pegasi b fellows, and is not managed or sponsored by the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, NSF Fellowship Programs, or the Heising-Simons Fellowship program. Participation in this program does not influence the NHFP application review process. Opinions expressed by individual fellows do not represent those of the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, NSF Fellowship Programs, or the Heising-Simons Fellowship program.

Applications for this year's iteration of the program are now open. Apply Here.

Our Mission

To increase diversity at the postdoctoral prize fellowship level by equitable access to professional development opportunies.


We have made available a bank of past application material from successful astronomy prize fellows.

Resource Bank


We pair current and past fellows with senior graduate students in a year-long mentorship program.

Program Details


We organize a professional development and networking workshop to bring an in-person component to the program.

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What we've been up to

AMP-UP Camp 2023

In September, we hosted the first AMP-UP Camp: an in-person workshop for all AMP-UP participants. The meeting was hosted by the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA and generously funded by the Heising Simons Foundation.


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