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MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics
2017-2020 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 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Competition Schedule: 2017-2020 Pappalardo Fellowships
Late July 2016
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
OCTOBER 7, 2016, Midnight (EST)
|Thursday, DECEMBER 15
Friday, DECEMBER 16, 2016
JANUARY 9, 2017, 9:00 A.M. (EST)
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.
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:
- Name, title, institute affiliation, address, cell phone number, area of physics.
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications
- 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.]
- THREE letters of recommendation, of which number should be the letter from the faculty nominator. NO co-authored letters, please.
- 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.
Should you need clarification on any of the above, please email: