Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

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The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provides the nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.  Packard Fellows must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective. The Foundation encourages them to use their funds in whatever ways would best advance their research.

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Fellowship Directory

Since 1988, more than 500 scientists and engineers have received a Packard Fellowship, totaling more than $330 million. Packard Fellows have gone on to receive numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize in Physics; the Fields Medal; the Alan T. Waterman Award; MacArthur Fellowships and elections to the National Academies. Visit our online directory of Packard Fellows to learn more about their research.

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Packard Fellows Spotlight

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering supports some of our nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.

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Fellowship Advisory Panel

The Fellowship Advisory Panel evaluates nominations and recommends Fellows for approval by the Board of Trustees.  It is comprised of 12 internationally-recognized scientists and engineers. Learn more about the Advisory Panel here.

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How to Get Support

We encourage interested university faculty to review the Fellowship Guidelines. If your university is on the “Invited Institutions” list and if you meet the eligibility requirements, contact your Office of Sponsored Research or department chair to discuss the selection process at your university.