Applying for Affiliation with BMSIS

Thank you for your interest in joining the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science.

We are actively recruiting motivated, talented, and outgoing scholars passionate about the ideas and concepts related to our mission and the vision of Blue Marble Space.

BMSIS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), sex, age, or disability.

To be eligible for affiliation as a research scientist with BMSIS, you must be one of the following:

  • An independent scholar seeking a primary affiliation and academic community
  • A scholar with an existing institution who is seeking a secondary affiliation to engage with our community

Please note: Affiliation as a research scientist is reserved primarily for those who have completed doctoral (PhD) and other professional level degrees (e.g., MD, JD/JSD, etc.). However, we are willing to consider applications from outstanding applicants who have completed Masters level academic degrees as well. Applicants with a proven record of work in the realms of research, education, and community engagement are preferred.

Scholars who are still working on degrees at the undergraduate or graduate level should consider our Young Scientist Program or Visiting Scholars Program instead.

Responsibilities of BMSIS Affiliates


  • Candidates must submit an application. Please download and fill out the application form. Forms can be submitted to
  • We will require two letters of recommendation that comment on your commitment to both scientific excellence and community engagement. Letters can be submitted through the application portal or can be mailed from your recommenders to
    • One letter must be from a current BMSIS scientist
    • The other letter can be from a colleague or mentor not affiliated with BMSIS
  • Candidates with existing projects that would benefit from our 501(c)(3) non-profit status are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Application materials will be distributed to the BMSIS Review Committee (composed of select BMSIS scientists)
  • Successful candidates will be invited to interview with the organization. Upon successful acceptance into the institution, a candidate may then become an Affiliate Research Scientist with BMSIS.

All applications are evaluated on an 8-week cycle.