University of Southern California


The David and Lucille Packard Foundation – 2019 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Slots:                                                     Two                      

LOI:                                                        March 15, 2019

Internal Deadline:                           February 15, 2019, noon PT

External Deadline:                          April 19, 2019

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 18

Anticipated Amount: $875,000 distributed over five years.

Cost Sharing:                                     Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as

Compensation for administrative costs.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:


Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.


In 1988, the Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation’s most promising early career professors to pursue their science and engineering research with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements.


The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers 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.

Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large‐scale, ongoing research programs.

What the Foundation Do Not Fund:

Faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award.

Recognizing that certain areas of contemporary science and engineering already have access to relatively generous funding (for example, clinical research, research associated with the design and construction of large national facilities such as accelerators and space stations, and applied research of direct relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to other, less generously supported fields.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.