MIT Pappalardo Fellowships

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 their 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 [$62,200 for first-year Fellows in the 2011-12 academic year] with an annual cost-of-living increase, combined with $5,000 per academic year in untaxed, discretionary research funds; and

MIT Affiliate Health Plan insurance coverage for Fellows and their dependents.

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. 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 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 2011-2014 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, 2011.

Applicant Information :

Upon receipt of a validated Pappalardo Fellowships nomination from a faculty member or senior researcher within the international community of physics, astronomy or related fields, the Fellowships Office will mail the nominee, via first-class mail, a Fellowship application packet containing an application form and cover letter with instructions.

All required application materials must be mailed by either first-class or overnight mail directly to the Fellowships Office in a timely manner, so that all items arrive NO LATER than 5:00 pm on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010.

Please note :  faxed or emailed application materials will NOT be accepted from applicants; ONLY faculty may email their referee letters directly to the program’s administrator.

Mailing address information for the mit physics department / pappalardo fellowships office.

If Sending Applicant Materials via 1st Class, U.S. Postal Service,

Use this address :
Department of Physics, 4-304,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
77 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307.

If Sending Applicant Materials Via Ups, Dhl, & Fedex,
Use this address :

Department of Physics, 4-304,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
32 Vassar Street,
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307.

The application materials deadline for the 2011–2014  Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition is 5:00 pm on Friday, October  15,  2010.

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