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AstroFIt, ASTRONOMY FELLOWSHIPS IN ITALY is a 4-year long programme. It supports the mobility of 14 researchers to INAF research  structures in Italy for a period of two years.


The programme consists of two calls, each one funding 7 two-year long fellowships:

1st call (CLOSED): 3 Incoming Mobility + 4 Reintegration fellowships

2nd call: 5 Incoming Mobility + 2 Reintegration fellowships


Incoming Mobility fellowships: 

Applicants must have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.


Reintegration fellowships: 

Applicants must be Italian nationals who have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years in the last 4 years prior to the call deadline.


To be eligible, applicants must have at least 4 years of research experience or be holders of a doctorate. Applicants with more than 8 years of post-PhD research (or a total of 12 years of research experience) are not eligible.

Each candidate shall propose a research project related to one (or more in case of interdisciplinary projects) of the following INAF scientific research areas:

-     Galaxies and Cosmology

-     Stars, Stellar Population and Interstellar medium

-     Sun and Solar System

-     Relativistic and Particle Astrophysics

-     Advanced Technology and Instrumentation


The research fellowship is awarded in order to carry out the research project in the INAF structure freely chosen by the applicant.

Funding per fellowship


Living allowance

The employment contract for the Incoming and Re-integration fellows will fix an yearly reference rate for monthly living allowances of 40.000 EUR/year. This amount includes the provisions for all compulsory deductions under national applicable legislation (Law 20 December 2010, n. 240, art. 22).


Travel allowances

Fellows are entitled to two travel allowances.

The first travel allowance shall be paid first upon taking up appointment. The second one will be paid at the beginning of the second year of the fellowship.

Each one of the two travel allowances amounts to 1500 EUR and it is subject to national applicable deductions, irrespective of the actual travel costs incurred by the researcher.


Research cost contribution

The host INAF structure will receive from INAF headquarters a yearly amount of 5.000 Euro for the benefit of the fellow. This amount will be used for any expense needed to carry out the project, including travel expenses for the annual meetings.



Accident insurance

It will be paid by INAF in favour of the fellow, to provide coverage for work accidents, occupational diseases and invalidity.



Researchers who receive an AstroFIt grant are considered as Marie Curie Fellows.



3rd Annual Meeting

The 3rd AstroFIt Fellows' Annual Meeting took place at the Observatory of Rome, Monte Porzio Catone, during the European Researchers' Night on September 25, 2015.

2nd Annual Meeting

The second AstroFIt Fellows' Annual Meeting took place at INAF headquarters in Rome, on September 11, 2014.

2nd call RESULTS


1st Annual Meeting

The 1st AstroFIt Fellows' Annual Meeting took place in Bologna during the 57th meeting of the Italian Astronomical Society (SAIt) on May 9, 2013.