MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics

2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships Competition

 

MIT Visa Policy for Postdoctoral Fellows

Non-U.S. nationals who are offered a postdoctoral fellowship must hold appropriate non-immigrant status, such as J-1, F-1 OPT / STEM, or other employment authorization (EAD), for the duration of the fellowship appointment. Please note that H-1B and E-3 employment-based, non-immigrant visa sponsorships are not possible for this position.

MIT Physics Department Visa Policy for non-U.S. Citizens Interviewing for a Pappalardo Fellowship

The Department does not provide visa sponsorship for non-U.S. citizens invited to interview for a Pappalardo Fellowship. Thus, it is each scholar's personal responsibility to begin preparations well in advance, so that she/he may enter the U.S. to attend a possible Pappalardo Fellowships interview.

The interviews for the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships will ONLY take place in person on the MIT campus during THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 and 16, 2016.

For finalists who are non-U.S. citizens, a current "validity date" on the finalist's visa will be confirmed no later than 7 days before the date of their interview. If the visa's current "validity date" is still not processed, thenĀ the interview slot will be reassigned to the next available candidate on the waiting list.

 

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 2017-18 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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Call for Nominations: 2017-2020 Pappalardo 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 2017-2020 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, 2017. Nominations need to be submitted online, via the link below.

The nomination deadline for the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships competition is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016.

Each nominee will be emailed a code to access the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships section on academicjobsonline.org.This is where all required applicant materials (including the three referee letters) will need to be submitted for Committee faculty to review.

We thank you for participating in the 2017-2020 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.

Faculty nominators, please note:

  1. To participate in the Pappalardo Fellowships competition, an applicant can only be nominated by a faculty member or senior researcher in physics, astronomy or related fields. Self-nominated candidates cannot be accepted.
  2. A letter of reference is NOT submitted by the faculty nominator at the time of the online nomination submission. Instead, the candidate herself/himself will submit your contact information to academicjobsonline.org (AJO) as one of her/his three referees. Then, AJO will email you directly with instructions for uploading your letter of reference directly to the secure, confidential server.
  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 under exceptional circumstances.

The 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships nomination period is now over.


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Competition Schedule: 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships

Late July 2016

  • Call-for-Nominations opened.
  • As nominations are received, each nominee will be emailed instructions and a code to allow access to the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships section of academicjobsonline.org. This is where all required applicant materials (including the three referee letters) will need to be submitted for review by the Committee faculty.
Friday,
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
  • NOMINATION DEADLINE
  • To participate in the Pappalardo Fellowships competition, a candidate can only be nominated by a faculty member or senior researcher in physics, astronomy or related fields. Self-nominated applicants will not be accepted.
  • A letter of reference is NOT submitted by the faculty nominator along with the online nomination form. Instead, the candidate herself/himself will submit the nominator's contact information to academicjobsonline.org (AJO) as one of her/his three referees. AJO will then email the faculty referee directly with instructions for submitting the nominator's letter of reference directly to its secure, confidential server.
  • 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 under exceptional circumstances.
Friday,
OCTOBER 7, 2016, Midnight (EST)
  • Application Materials Deadline for Candidates (including the three referee letters)
  • Candidates must follow the instructions and use the private code emailed to them directly by the Pappalardo Fellowships office on how to access the private section for the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships competition on academicjobsonline.org. This is where all required applicant materials must be submitted for review by Committee faculty.
  • Note to Applicants: As the interviews for the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships will ONLY take place in person on the MIT campus during THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 and 16, 2016, thus serious applicants will need to keep these dates open in their calendars.
  • Note to non-U.S. citizens: please carefully review visa information at the top of this page.

Mid-November 2016

  • The selected finalists will be notified individually via email, and given the assigned date and time of their on-campus interview with the faculty panel of the Pappalardo Fellowships Executive Committee. Travel, hotel, and finalist interview instructions are also provided.
  • Remaining candidates, including designated alternates, will also be notified via email.
  • Note to non-U.S. citizens: please carefully review visa information at the top of this page.
Thursday, DECEMBER 15
&
Friday, DECEMBER 16, 2016
  • 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.
  • The interviews for the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships will ONLY take place in person on the MIT campus during THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 and 16, 2016. No other options will be available, so applicants will need to keep these dates reserved in their calendars.
  • Note to non-U.S. citizens: For finalists who are non-U.S. citizens, a current "validity date" on the finalist's visa will be confirmed no later than 7 days before the date of their interview. If the visa's current "validity date" is still not processed, thenĀ the interview slot will be reassigned to the next available candidate on the waiting list.
Mid-December, 2016
  • Fellowship offers extended via individual email.
  • Fellowship alternates notified via individual email.
  • All remaining finalists notified via individual email.
Monday,
JANUARY 9, 2017, 9:00 A.M. (EST)
  • DECISION DEADLINE FOR 2017-2020 PAPPALARDO FELLOWSHIP OFFERS.

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2017-2020 Applicant Information

As nominations are received, each nominee will be emailed instructions and the private code to allow access to the 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships competition's application section on academicjobsonline.org. This is where all required applicant materials (including the three referee letters) will need to be submitted for review by the Committee faculty.


 

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

academicjobsonline.org

by MIdnight (EST) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016.


Applicants themselves are responsible for ensuring that all of the following items are submitted to academicjobsonline.org by Midnight (EST) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016:

  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 [Important message from the faculty reviewers: Maximum length of two-pages, single-sided, using a font size and spacing for OPTIMAL LEGIBILITY. References and graphics are NOT necessary, but if incuded, MUST be contained within the two-page limit.]
  5. THREE letters of recommendation, of which number should be the letter from the faculty nominator. NO co-authored letters, please.
  6. One publication preprint or reprint (OPTIONAL, and limited to ONE paper).

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

The Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics appointments for the 2017-2020 term run from September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2020.

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Questions

Should you need clarification on any of the above, please email:

Ms. Carol Breen
Communications & Pappalardo Fellowships Program Administrator
MIT Department of Physics
breen@mit.edu