University of Southern California


Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering


Slots: Two
Nominations per School: Two
Internal Deadline: February 28, 2014
Nomination due to Foundation: March 14, 2014
External Deadline: April 21, 2014

Materials to the Office of Research:

  1. Research Statement (maximum 2 pages, 1400 words): Please be sure to describe how your research examines a complex issue from a unique perspective, makes a creative contribution to your field, and/or offers an innovative or novel approach. Describe why the research is important and outline general goals for the next five years. Indicate, in general, how funds will be used (does not need to be a detailed budget and will not be binding). If there are relevant figures, images or references, please include these separately on a third page.
  2. CV of Nominee (please include all honors and awards, current external research support, and publications)
  3. On a separate sheet, please include the following:

a) Names of references:

  1. Provide two references with firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s ability to do creative research.
  2. Provide two references outside of USC – must be personally familiar with the nominee’s work and creative ability. At least one must be a person who has had no supervisory or collaborative contact with the nominee.

Submit candidate materials to the Office of Research: 

The Packard Foundation selects 16 recipients each year for the Packard Fellowship. Recipients must be faculty members engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering who are in the first three years of their faculty careers. The intent of the Fellowship Program is to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers. Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective. Disciplines that will be considered include: physics; chemistry; mathematics; biology; astronomy; computer science; earth science; ocean science; all branches of engineering.

Eligibility Criteria:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that s/he meets the eligibility requirements before submitting an internal proposal. You may contact our office for any assistance in clarifying your eligibility for an opportunity.

Applicants must meet the following criteria: