California Institute of Technology, Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy Division

Fellowship ID:Caltech-PMA-BURKEPD [#25369]
Fellowship Title: Burke Fellowships in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Pasadena, California 91125, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Quantum Information Science
Particle Physics
Condensed Matter Physics / Condensed Matter Theory
Astrophysics / Theoretical Astrophysics
String Theory and Mathematical Physics (more...)
Starting Date:2024/09/01
Appl Deadline:2023/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/09/01, finished 2024/05/18, listed until 2024/02/29)
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*** this fellowship has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

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The Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) solicits applications for its Prize Fellowship program. The Prize Fellowships at the Burke Institute are to begin in the fall 2024 and offer an opportunity for outstanding recent and new Ph.D. recipients to perform research at Caltech for three years. They are selected by a faculty committee representing all areas of theoretical physics and astrophysics at Caltech and are provided with: 
The Burke Fellowship program significantly expands and strengthens Caltech’s long-standing program of Prize Fellowships in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. The Prize Fellowship program has been successful with over 95 percent of the more than 120 former fellows holding distinguished academic positions, as shown at

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae (with email address and citizenship), a statement of research interests (no more than 5 pages, excluding references), and a list of publications (refereed papers on top). Applicants should also ensure that at least three letters of reference are submitted on their behalf.

Applicants interested in being considered for a joint appointment in theoretical astrophysics with Carnegie Observatories must also apply here.

Qualifications and terms of appointment:
  • Applicant must have or should expect to receive a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field by the time the fellowship begins
  • Applicants who are currently employed as postdocs are eligible
  • Appointment is for 3 years
  • Salary is $76,000 in the first year
  • Research fund of $10,000 per annum
  • One-time allowance to assist with the move
  • Annual paid time off: 21 days, not including Caltech Holidays
  • Annual sick leave: 15 days
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
Process timeline:
  • September 1, 2023: Applications are accepted
  • November 15, 2023: Deadline for applications, including reference letters **
  • Mid-December 2023 – End of February 2024: Offers

** In recognition of the impact that recent events may have on junior scholars from various parts of the world, we are allowing a grace period of up to two weeks only for applicants who are directly affected by war or disaster. For such applicants, the updated deadline for both applications and reference letters will be Wednesday, November 29.  If you plan to submit your application during this grace period, please contact ahead of time so that our review committees can plan accordingly.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and more. Learn more about our benefits and who is eligible.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.
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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125