Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Limited Submissions
Monday, February 9, 2015
Packard Foundation
Institute Contact:  Susan Roche, 404.894.8802 or susan.roche@gatech.edu


The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. 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 go.

Through this award the foundation emphasizes the support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students and junior colleagues rather than funding extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.


  • Packard fellows are awarded in individual award of $875,000 in total, paid at $175,000 per year, for five years.
  • 18 Fellowships are awarded annually.

Institutional Submission Limitation
There is a limit of 2 applicants per institution in the national competition; therefore GT will hold an internal competition to identify the applicants who will represent the Institute.

To be eligible for an award under this program the nominee must:

  • Be faculty member whose initial faculty appointment began between May 31, 2012 and May 31, 2015.
  • Conduct research in one of the following disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and/or any branch of engineering.

Award Timeline
The foundation has established the following timeline for this award:

  • January 31, 2015 – Request for nominations issued
  • February 16, 2014 – Online application system opened – http://fellows.packard.org
  • March 16, 2015 – Nominations due to Foundation
  • April 20, 2015 – All nominee application materials due to the foundation
  • October 15, 2015 –Awards will be announced

GT Internal Selection Competition
To be considered for GT nomination to compete for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Statement of Intent – due by January 26, 2015
  • This is a very brief email statement, which is optional, but it is very helpful in the identification of appropriate reviewers.
  • Statement should be sent to Susan Roche at susan.roche@gatech.edu.
  • Statement should include:
    • Nominee Name and Affiliation
    • Anticipated Collaborator(s) Name and Affiliation (if applicable)
    • Discipline (Identify one or more – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Astronomy, Computer Science, Earth Science, Ocean Science, or Engineering)
    • Research Topic or Area(s)
  1. GT Internal Competition Pre-Proposal Package – due by February 9, 2015
    • Package should be submitted via the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering application page on the new GT Internal Competition website.
    • Package must be a single PDF file which includes:
      • Research Summary (1,400 word/two-page maximum) which describes why the research is important, outlines the general goals for the next five years, and indicates generally how funds will be used. (Relevant figures, images or references may be included on an additional, third page.)
      • List of 3 Anticipated External Recommenders – experts who are outside of GT, but are personally familiar with the nominee’s work and creative ability. Please indicate at least one of whom has had no supervisory or collaborative contact with the nominee.

Nominee selection will be complete and internal competition results will be communicated to all applicants by February 27, 2015.

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