David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Please see the Packard Fellowships webpage for complete information about the funding opportunity. Please note, however, that requirements for CU Boulder's internal competition may vary from the sponsor's application requirements. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). The Packard Foundation is expected to release the 2019 guidelines in mid-December and applications are typically due to the sponsor in March. The information below is from the 2018 cycle and will guide the internal competition process.

Program Summary 

Each year, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two early-career professors each from their institutions in the following disciplines: physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. An Advisory Panel of distinguished scientists and engineers carefully reviews the nominations and selects 18 Fellows to receive individual grants of $875,000, distributed over five years.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 11, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: TBD (anticipated March 15, 2019)

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Proposal (up to 2 pages, including figures and references): Outline your goals for the next five years and their importance.
  • CV (up to 2 pages)
  • Letter of recommendation from department chair or other senior colleague.
  • Three external references from whom letters of support can be solicited: Please include names, titles, institutional and departmental affiliations, and contact information (email address, phone number) for each.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6276


Candidates must be faculty members at one of the 50 invited institutions. Candidates must be 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. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.

Per the foundation, “It is generally expected that nominees are tenure-track faculty members – within the first three years of their first faculty appointment. Adjunct professors are not ideal candidates for the program.” Additionally, adjoint faculty are not eligible considering their federal employee status; the Packard Fellowship award may only be made to university employees.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Up to two nominations may be made by CU Boulder.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: $875,000

Award Duration: distributed over 5 years

Number of Awards: 18 Fellows selected annually

Funding Restrictions

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. The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well-established and well‐funded are less likely to receive the award.