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For Incoming First-Year Caltech Graduate Students

The Resnick Institute provides an annual fellowship to an incoming first-year graduate student showing excellent potential in the field of sustainability science or sustainable energy science. The recipient is selected from nominations made by the Admissions Review Committees representing each option on campus. The fellowship provides full tuition for the year and a stipend of $34,000 for academic year 2016-2017. Please contact the Resnick Institute or the Caltech Graduate Studies Office for more information.

For Current Caltech Graduate Students

The Resnick Institute awards research fellowships to outstanding graduate student researchers with projects that chart new paths in renewable energy and sustainability science. Selections are made by a Faculty Review Committee and based on application, project presentation, and interview. The fellowships offer students the opportunity to explore new directions in sustainability focused scientific research by covering tuition and providing a stipend of $34,000/year. Stipend rate is for academic year 2016-2017 and may increase in subsequent years. We anticipate awarding two fellowships per application period.

The application period is now closed. Check back in September 2017 for information on the next call.

Students must have completed at least their first year of graduate study by June 2016 to be eligible. Prior to submission, support for the applicant's research topic must be obtained from at least one, and preferably two Caltech faculty members.

Applications should include a project title and short abstract (200 words or less), a two page research proposal, the applicant's CV, and the names of supporting Caltech faculty. Please read the application guidelines and feel free to contact us with questions.

Letters of support from Caltech faculty members (minimum of one) should be sent directly to

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Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability Science

The Resnick Sustainability Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships were created to engage outstanding recent graduates in projects that explore new directions in sustainability focused scientific research at Caltech. The Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists and fellows will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the promise of their scientific research.

The Resnick Institute accepts nominations for postdoctoral fellows from Caltech faculty on a biannual basis, typically in early spring (February to mid-March) and in late summer (August to mid-September).


Applicants must be invited to apply by a Caltech faculty advisor, and must not yet have arrived at Caltech, or must have arrived with their Caltech postdoctoral appointment having begun no more than 6 months prior to their application opening date to be considered for a fellowship. For the present call, a Caltech appointment date must therefore have begun no earlier than 08/01/2016. Candidates are responsible for identifying and connecting with potential faculty advisors.

Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible, though proficiency in English is required. The California Institute of Technology is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of underrepresented minority groups.


The fellowship provides a competitive annual salary plus benefits and comes with a small research discretionary fund. The fellowships are one year guaranteed with the second year contingent on satisfactory review.

To Apply

The Caltech faculty sponsor should email with a nomination request that includes the nominee's contact information. The Resnick Institute will follow up with the nominee and provide instructions for submitting the remainder of the application. The nominee must be able to complete the appllication process by the deadline, so nominate early.

Application Components Will Include

  • A cover letter with a short summary of past work and current research plans
  • CV including list of publications
  • Research plan outlining proposed work (maximum 5 pages, references counted separately)
  • 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the sponsoring Caltech faculty member.


Application components for the Spring 2017 call are due online by March 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific. The Institute will notify applicants to confirm receipt of completed application shortly after the March 13th closing date. Candidate evaluations will be conducted, and decisions will be made in Spring 2017.

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