Pappalardo Fellowships Competition
2024-2027 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.
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 2024-2025 academic year, with annual cost-of-living increases for the remaining two years, combined with $15,000 per academic year in untaxed, discretionary research funds; and
- MIT Affiliate Health Plan insurance coverage for Fellows and their dependents.
The nomination period for the 2024-2027 Pappalardo Fellowships competition has closed.
The online nomination form for the 2025-2028 competition will be available in mid-July 2024.
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 2024-2027 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.
Nominees must be young physicists of exceptional ability at the beginning of their careers, who currently have or will have received a doctoral degree in physics, astronomy or related fields by September 1, 2024. Nominations are submitted online using the link, below.
After a verified faculty nomination has been received, the Pappalardo Fellowships office will email the nominee an access code to the private 2024-2027 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships web locker hosted on academicjobsonline.org (AJO).
Our private locker on the AJO site is where all required applicant materials (including the three referee letters) must be submitted for Committee faculty to review.
We thank you for participating in the 2024-2027 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.
Faculty nominators, please note:
- Candidates must be nominated by a faculty member or senior researcher in physics, astronomy or related fields. Candidates cannot self-nominate.
- The faculty nominator’s letter of reference is not submitted along with the nomination form on the MIT Physics web site. Rather, you will upload your letter directly to the 2024-2027 MIT Pappalardo Competition’s secure portal on the academicjobsonline.com (AJO) host site. Your nominee is solely responsible for the timely submission of your name and email directly to AJO via the 2024-2027 Pappalardo Fellowships Competition portal.
- 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 highly exceptional circumstances.
Late July – Early September 2023
Mid- to Late November 2023
Thursday, DECEMBER 14 and Friday, DECEMBER 15, 2023
Week of Monday, December 18, 2023
JANUARY 16, 2024 at 9:00am EST
2024-2027 Applicant Information
All finalist interviews for the 2024-2027 Pappalardo Fellowships will be held in person on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, on Thursday, December 14, 2023, and Friday, December 15, 2023.
Committed candidates are advised to reserve these dates in their calendars.
As nominations are received from faculty supervisors/mentors, each nominee will be emailed instructions by the MIT Pappalardo Fellowships office, along with the private code allowing access to the 2024-2027 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships private portal on academicjobsonline.org (AJO). This is where all required applicant materials (including the three referee letters) must be submitted for review by the Committee faculty.
ALL required application materials must be posted by candidates and their faculty referees to academicjobsonline.org by Midnight (EST) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2023. [Midnight = Friday/Saturday]
Applicants themselves are responsible for ensuring that all of the following items are submitted to the 2024-2027 Pappalardo Fellowships portal on academicjobsonline.org by the deadline:
- 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: Faculty reviewers stipulate a maximum length of two-pages, single-sided, using an 11 or 12 point font size and 1.5 or double spacing for optimal legibility for the myriad faculty readers. References and graphics are not necessary, but if included, should be contained within this two-page limit.]
- Three letters (no more, no less) of recommendation, each one written by a single referee, i.e., no ‘co-authored’ letters, please! Note that one of these three letters would typically be from the applicant’s faculty nominator/mentor.
Please review the Competition Schedule above for a summary of essential dates and deadlines.
The Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics appointments for the 2024-2027 term run from September 1, 2024, through August 31, 2027.
Should you need clarification on any of the above, please email: