Broader impact statement information for 2022 fellowship applications

Andrew Carnegie envisioned an institution that would afford scientists of exceptional ability and passion the independence necessary to pursue the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Today we recognize that persistent inequalities — including pervasive racism and sexism — continue to limit participation in science. Upholding Carnegie's vision in the modern era requires the Institution to actively combat barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our institution and within American society.

Carnegie Science includes within its mission the support and mentoring of new scholars —  including scientists from historically under-represented groups — as well as community engagement and outreach. The Observatories hosts graduate fellows from several universities and summer undergraduate interns whose primary mentors are commonly Carnegie postdoctoral fellows. In addition, the Observatories runs numerous ongoing community outreach programs that postdocs are encouraged to contribute to or expand in consultation with our outreach coordinator. Leadership within the scientific community that enhances the field’s diversity, equity, and/or inclusion is also highly valued by Carnegie Science.

Postdoctoral fellows are integral members of the Carnegie Observatories community and are critical to the intellectual atmosphere of the Observatories. As such, we highly value individuals who actively contribute to their academic community through leadership and active participation in community events (e.g., engaging in conversations and collaborations with other Carnegie postdocs and staff scientists, and actively leading and/or participating in regularly scheduled talks, discussions, and Carnegie programs).

The Observatories is seeking postdoctoral fellows who will be partners in improving and maintaining a culturally diverse, intellectually vibrant environment that is welcoming to all. As part of their fellowship applications, candidates should submit a short written statement detailing the relevant aspects of their past work and plans at Carnegie.  Examples of topics that could be included in this broader impact statement include past or planned efforts to:

  • Broaden participation, equity, and/or inclusion in astronomy at any level, including through your own participation

  • Build an intellectually rich and inclusive academic community through local programing and/or advocacy

  • Mentor graduate students, undergraduate or K-12 students

  • Develop, lead, or consistently participate in public outreach programs

  • Serve on departmental or national professional committees

Applicants are welcome to focus their broader impact statements on any one of these areas or a combination of them.  Related material that is not included in this statement should be highlighted in the CV and/or cover letter.