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The Covington fellowship is awarded to an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in radio astrophysics to enable forefront, independent research in the stimulating and collegial environment of NRC-HIA Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton, BC, Canada.

The award is for a maximum of three years; the initial appointment of two years may be extended for one further year (subject to performance and availability of funds). Fellows will receive support for research-related travel and journal page charges, and have access to professionally managed computer systems.

NRC-HIA DRAO staff are currently engaged in a wide range of projects, including a number of large radio surveys such as the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and the Planck Deep Field Survey using the telescopes at DRAO, the GALFACTS survey at Arecibo, and the CORNISH survey at the VLA, but are also major users of radio telescopes around the world, including the VLA, VLBA, GBT, MERLIN, EVN, ATCA, LBA, Parkes and Arecibo. DRAO also carries out world-leading research and development of instrumentation and systems for radio telescopes, specifically the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Fellows are welcome to participate in any of these projects.

No Covington Fellowship to be awarded in 2012

We regret to advise you that the Covington Fellowship will not be awarded in 2012.

Applicants must have acquired their PhD within the last five years or expect to obtain the degree before starting the Fellowship in 2011. Application should be made by 1 November 2010.

The Fellowship offers a highly competitive benefits and salary package.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, the facilities and research programs at DRAO that are not addressed in the remainder of this web site, please contact us at

Synthesis telescope at DRAO