Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

  • Limited
  • Anywhere
  • February 1, 2021

Website David and Lucile Packard Foundation

2021 Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering Workshops
December 17 AND January 14
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Professors Arthur Lander and Martha Mecartney, past Packard Fellows, will lead the workshops.

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Please note: This announcement is based on last year’s program guidelines, sponsor deadlines are approximate.

About the Program

The Packard Fellows program is for young faculty in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. The intent of the Fellowship Program is to provide support for highly creative researches early in their careers. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead. The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative PI-led research rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.

Eighteen recipients will receive individual grants of $875,000 distributed over five years. Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs.


Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators and are in the first three years of their faculty careers: that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2018, and no later than May 31, 2021. Eligible disciplines are: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

Internal Application Process

UCI may submit only two nominations; therefore, interested applicants should (via the UCI Review application system) submit the following by Monday, February 1, 2021:

  • Two Page Research Statement consistent with Packard’s Guidelines (12 point font; 1-inch margins; 1400 words max; figures can be included on a third page).
  • Brief curriculum vita (up to 3 pages) including a list of publications in which independent contributions are identified,
  • Name, Title, and Affiliated Institution of the 3 individuals—external to UCI—who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation to Packard on the applicant’s behalf. One letter must be from a person who has had no supervisory or collaborative contact with the nominee.

An ad hoc committee will then be convened to review the internal applications. The campus must submit nominations by March 16, 2021 and the selected campus nominees will be notified prior to this deadline. The complete application packet is due to Packard on April 20, 2021.

Last year’s program guidelines are available for reference online at Aside from dates, we do not anticipate major changes from Packard.

Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Director of Research Development, Mike Gallo at or x-3752.

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