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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 $35,000 for academic year 2018-2019. 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. Awardees are selected by a Faculty Review Committee. Fellowships offer students the opportunity to explore new directions in sustainability focused scientific research by covering tuition and providing a stipend of $36,000/year. Stipend rate is for academic year 2019-2020 and may increase in subsequent years.

The application period is now closed. Check back in January 2020 for information on the next call.

Students must have completed at least their first year of graduate study by June 2019 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, who will then submit letters of support on your behalf per below.

Applications should include: project title, a short abstract (200 words or less), a 3-page research proposal, applicant's CV, and the names of supporting Caltech faculty. The proposal should be legibly formatted, with text, figures and references within the 3-page limit. Please read the application guidelines and feel free to contact us with questions.

Application Form

Letters of support from Caltech faculty members (minimum of one) should be sent directly to before the application deadline --Please advise your sponsors accordingly.

Faculty Sponsors

Please e-mail your letters of support as PDF files, named using the convention: LOR - Applicant's Last Name - Your Last Name. For example: LOR-Green-Atwater.pdf --Letters of support should arrive no later than the application deadline. Thank you!

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Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability Science

The Resnick Sustainability Institute 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 generally once or twice per year. Dates and deadlines pertaining to calls for nominations are posted as they become available.


Applicants must be invited to apply by a Caltech faculty advisor, who will serve as their sponsor and nominate them via the form below. Nominees must not yet have arrived at Caltech, or must have arrived with their Caltech postdoctoral appointment having begun no earlier than 12/04/2017 to be considered for a fellowship. 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 staff 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

When a call for nominations is open, Caltech faculty sponsors may request a nomination using the form below. Upon submittal, the nominee will be provided with instructions for completing the remainder of the application electronically. Nominees must be able to complete the application process by the deadline, so nominate early.

Nomination Form

Application Components for Nominees 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 inclusive of text, figures and references).
  • 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the sponsoring/nominating Caltech faculty member.


The nomination period is closed. Check back in Fall 2019 for information on the next call.

Application components for the Fall 2018 call, including letters of support, are due online by Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm Pacific. The Resnick Institute will notify applicants to confirm receipt of completed application shortly after the closing date. Candidate evaluations will be conducted, and decisions will be made in February 2019.

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