MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics

2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition

Pappalardo Fellowships Program Overview

The mission of the MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics is to sustain a distinguished postdoctoral program that identifies, recruits and supports the most talented and promising young physicists at an early stage in their careers. This initiative is made possible by the support of Mr. A. Neil Pappalardo (EE '64), an MIT alumnus with a long history of generosity to both the Institute and the Department of Physics.

Each year, the program appoints three new Fellows for a three-year term each, via its annual competition. All Pappalardo Fellows are provided with:

  • independent, unrestricted choice of research focus and direction within the MIT Department of Physics, throughout the three-year fellowship appointment;
  • active faculty mentoring fostered by weekly luncheons and monthly dinners with the Department's faculty, throughout the academic year;
  • a competitive annual stipend for first-year Fellows in the 2015-16 academic year, with annual cost-of-living increases for the remaining two years, combined with $5,000 per academic year in untaxed, discretionary research funds; and
  • MIT Affiliate Health Plan insurance coverage for Fellows and their dependents.

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2015-2018 Fellowships Competition

The Executive Committee of the MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics invites faculty and senior researchers within the international community of physics, astronomy or related fields to submit nominations for the 2015-2018 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.

Nominees must be young men or women of exceptional ability who currently have or will have received a doctoral degree in physics, astronomy or related fields by September 1, 2015. Nominations must be submitted online, via the link below.

By the time of the nomination deadline of Friday, September 12, 2014, each candidate will have been emailed instructions on how to access the 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition's application section of academicjobsonline.org, where all required applicant materials (including referee letters) will need to be submitted for Committee review.

We thank you for participating in the 2015-2018 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.

Dear Faculty,

Before filling out a nomination form, please note:

  1. To participate in the Pappalardo Fellowships competition, a candidate must be nominated by a faculty member or senior researcher in physics, astronomy or related fields. Self-nominated applicants cannot be accepted.
  2. A letter of reference is NOT submitted by the faculty nominator with the online nomination form. Instead, the candidate will submit your contact information to academicjobsonline.org (AJO), and then AJO will email you directly with instructions for submitting the nominator's letter of reference directly to its secure, confidential server on its site.
  3. Current MIT graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, or those who have already received an offer for a postdoctoral position from an MIT faculty member, will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

 

The nomination period for the 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition

is now closed.

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Competition Schedule: 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships

Late July 2014

  • Call-for-Nominations opened.
  • By the time of the nomination deadline of Friday, September 12, 2014, each candidate will have been emailed instructions on how to access the 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition's application section of academicjobsonline.org, where all required applicant materials (including referee letters) will need to be submitted for Committee review.
Friday,
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
  • NOMINATION DEADLINE
  • To participate in the Pappalardo Fellowships competition, a candidate must be nominated by a faculty member or senior researcher in physics, astronomy or related fields. Self-nominated applicants cannot be accepted.
  • A letter of reference is NOT submitted by the faculty nominator with the online nomination form. Instead, the candidate will submit your contact information to academicjobsonline.org (AJO), and then AJO will email you directly with instructions for submitting the nominator's letter of reference directly to its secure, confidential server on its site.
  • Current MIT graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, or those who have already received an offer for a postdoctoral position from an MIT faculty member, will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Friday,
OCTOBER 10, 2014
  • Application Materials Deadline for Candidates (including referee letters). Candidates must follow the instructions emailed to them by the Pappalardo Fellowships office on how to access the private online form for the 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition's application section of academicjobsonline.org, where all required applicant materials (including referee letters) must be submitted for Committee review.

Late November, 2014

  • The selected finalists are notified individually via email, and given the date and time of their on-campus interview with the faculty panel of the Pappalardo Fellowships Executive Committee of the MIT Department of Physics. Travel, hotel, and finalist interview instructions are also provided.
  • Remaining candidates are notified via email.
Thursday, DECEMBER 11
&
Friday, DECEMBER 12, 2014
  • Finalist interviews take place on-campus at the MIT Department of Physics with the panel of faculty members who comprise this year's Pappalardo Fellowships Executive Committee.
  • Candidates, PLEASE NOTE: these are the ONLY dates on which the finalist interviews will take place for the 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition. Serious candidates are thus strongly advised to keep these two dates open in their calendars.
Week of December 15-19, 2014
  • Fellowship offers extended via individual email.
  • Fellowship alternates notified via individual email.
  • All remaining finalists notified via individual email.
Monday,
JANUARY 5, 2015
  • DECISION DEADLINE FOR 2015-2018 PAPPALARDO FELLOWSHIP OFFERS.

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2015-2018 Candidate Information

By the time of the nomination deadline of Friday, September 12, 2014, each candidate will have been emailed instructions on how to access the 2015-2018 Pappalardo Fellowships competition's application section of academicjobsonline.org, where all required applicant materials (including referee letters) will need to be submitted for Committee review.


 

ALL required application materials must be posted by candidates and their referees to

academicjobsonline.org

by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014.


Applicants themselves are responsible for ensuring that all of the following items are submitted to academicjobsonline.org by the FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014, deadline:

  1. Name, title, institute affiliation, address, cell phone number, area of physics.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. List of publications
  4. Essay detailing proposed research during a Pappalardo Fellowship [Maximum length of two-pages, single-sided, using a font size and spacing for OPTIMAL LEGIBILITY for the faculty readers. References and graphics are NOT necessary, but if incuded, MUST be contained within the two-page limit].
  5. THREE letters of recommendation, which number includes the letter from the faculty nominator. No co-authored letters, please.
  6. One publication preprint or reprint (OPTIONAL, and limited to ONE paper).

PLEASE NOTE: For the 2015-2018 competition, finalist interviews will ONLY take place on-campus, at MIT, on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 and 12, 2014. As these will be the ONLY dates upon which finalist interviews can take place, serious candidates are strongly advised to hold these two dates open in their calendars.

Please review the Competition Schedule above for a summary of essential dates and deadlines.

The Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics appointments for the 2015-2018 term run from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2018.

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Questions

Should you need further information, please contact:

Ms. Carol Breen
Communications & Pappalardo Fellowships Program Administrator
MIT Department of Physics

Email: breen@mit.edu