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MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics for US and Non-US Citizens in USA, 2020-2023

MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics for US and Non-US Citizens in USA, 2024-2027

The MIT Physics Department is delighted to offer Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics to study in the USA. The US, as well as Non-US citizens, are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.

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.

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A fine chance to get a postdoctoral research degree in the USA with an education fund.

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The MIT Physics Department is one of the best places in the world for research and education in physics.  In recent years we have produced the largest numbers of undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physics of any university in the US. Our successes are widely admired and emulated.

Application Deadline: Applications of all interested students are expected to be submitted by 6 October 2023

Brief Description

  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue a postdoctoral research program.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of Physics.
  • Scholarship Award: Varies
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Nationality: The US, as well as Non-US citizens
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA


  • Eligible Countries: The US, as well as Non-US citizens, are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    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.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: 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 2024-2027 Pappalardo Fellowships competition on academicjobsonline.org. This is where all required application materials must be submitted for review by Committee faculty.
  • Supporting Documents: Applicants themselves are responsible for ensuring that all of the following items are submitted to academicjobsonline.org by Midnight (EST) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 [Midnight = Friday/Saturday]:
  • 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.
  • Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.


  • 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 2024-2027 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.

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