2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships Competition – Call for Nominations

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.

The Department is unable to provide visa sponsorship for non-U.S. citizens invited to interview for a Pappalardo Fellowship. Thus, we strongly advise non-U.S. applicants to begin preparations well in advance, so that they may enter the U.S. to attend a possible Pappalardo Fellowships interview.

The interviews for the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships are currently scheduled to take place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, USA, on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 and 10, 2021.

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 2022-2025 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.

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 2022-2025 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, 2022. Nominations are submitted online using the link, below.

Faculty nominators: the nomination period for the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships competition is now open.
The nomination deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021.

Each nominee will be emailed a code to access the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships private web locker on academicjobsonline.org (AJO). This 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 2022-2025 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition.

Faculty nominators, 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. Candidates cannot self-nominate.
  2. The faculty nominator’s letter of reference is not submitted with the nomination form. Instead, your nominee will provide your name and email address to AJO after logging into the private web locker for the Pappalardo Fellowships competition. AJO will then 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.

Competition Schedule

July 2021

  • Call-for-Nominations opens.
  • As nominations are received, each nominee will be emailed instructions and a code to allow access to the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships private web locker on academicjobsonline.org (AJO). 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 10, 2021

  • 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 candidates will not be accepted.
  • A letter of reference is not submitted by the faculty nominator along with the online nomination form. Instead, your nominee will provide your name and email address to AJO after logging into the private web locker for the Pappalardo Fellowships competition.
  • 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 8, 2021, Midnight (EST)
[Midnight = Friday/Saturday]

  • Application Materials Deadline for Candidates (including the three referee letters)
  • Candidates are emailed instructions along with the code to access the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships web locker on AJO. This is where all required applicant materials must be submitted for review by Committee faculty.
  • Note to Applicants: Currently, interviews for the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships are scheduled to take place in person on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, USA, on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 and 10, 2021. Committed applicants are strongly advised to keep both 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 2021

Thursday, DECEMBER 9
&
Friday, DECEMBER 10, 2021

  • Finalist interviews for the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships are currently scheduled to take place in person on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, USA. Non-U.S. citizens are strongly advised to prepare several months or more in advance for any necessary visitor visas to enter the U.S. for a possible interview.

Mid-December, 2021

  • Fellowship offers extended via individual email.
  • Fellowship alternates notified via individual email.
  • All remaining finalists notified via individual email.

Friday,
JANUARY 7, 2022, 9:00 A.M. (EST)

  • Decision deadline for 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships offers.

2022-2025 Applicant Information

Finalist interviews for the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships are currently scheduled to take place in person on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, USA. Non-U.S. citizens are strongly advised to prepare several months or more in advance for any necessary visitor visas to enter the U.S. for a possible interview.

As nominations are received, each nominee will be emailed instructions and the private code allowing access to the 2022-2025 Pappalardo Fellowships competition’s private web locker 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 8, 2021. [Midnight = Friday/Saturday]

Applicants themselves are responsible for ensuring that all of the following items are submitted to academicjobsonline.org:

  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 an 11 or 12 point font size and 1.5 or double spacing for optimal legibility for the faculty readers. References and graphics are not necessary, but if included, must be contained within the two-page limit.]
  5. A total of three letters of recommendation, each one written by a single referee, i.e., no co-authored letters. One of these three letters should be from the applicant’s faculty nominator.

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

The Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics appointments for the 2022-2025 term run from September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2025.

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