Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Funding Agency:
David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The success of the Hewlett-Packard Company has been built on technology, derived in large measure from research and development in university laboratories. Because the endowment of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation would not have been possible without the success of HP and because the research performed by university-educated engineers and scientists will provide the basis for future high-value economic activity for the nation, the Foundation has a long-standing interest in strengthening both university-based research and graduate education.

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

Every year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two young professors each from their institutions. Nominations are carefully reviewed by an Advisory Panel of distinguished scientists and engineers.



  • Duke Internal Deadline: Feb. 25, 2024
  • Nominations: March 15, 2024
  • Final applications:  April 20, 2024

If you need assistance with the internal application, please contact Steve Murray, Associate Director, Foundation Relations:

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

 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.    

Packard Website:


Eligibility Requirements

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.

 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.   

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. 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.



Amount Description

$875,000 distributed over five years. Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs.

The  Foundation’s  goals  and  how  we carry  out  our work  reflects  our  commitment  to  diversity,  equity, and  inclusion.  In  2021,  the  Foundation  piloted a program to  offer  additional  funding  support  to Fellows  for  activities  that  will help increase  diversity and  representation  in  science and  engineering  – whether  in  their  research  group,  department, university,  or  scientific  fields. An  invitation  and  details regarding  this  diversity  funding  support  will  be  shared with  the  2022  Fellows  at  the  beginning  of  their  grant period.


Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2019 - Dan Scolnic – Physics

2008 Chay Kuo
Department of Cell Biology

Lingchong You
Biomedical Engineering

Erich Jarvis



Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

1. CV which includes:

  • Complete contact information
  • Departmental and institutional affiliation(s) Please include date of faculty appointment(s)
  • Disciplinary field(s)
  • Educational background
  • Professional positions held
  • Honors and awards
  • Current external research support
  • Publications

2. Research statement: The research statement should describe why the research is important and outline the general goals for the next five years. The statement should also indicate, in general, how funds will be used. This does not need to be a detailed budget and will not be binding on the actual use of funds. The research statement is limited to 1,400 words (maximum two pages of text, prepared in 12- point font with 1-inch margins). If there are relevant figures, images or references, please include these separately on a third page.  

3.  List of potential support letter writers: Letters of support are heavily weighted in this grant competition. In your internal application, please list up to four potential letter writers who are from outside Duke and personally familiar with your work and creative ability. At least one should be a person who has had no supervisory or collaborative contact with you. Please list their name, title, institution, and a brief description about why you would potentially request their letter. This list is not binding and may be changed should you move forward as a Duke nominee.

4. Publications:  List 3-5 of the most important publications on your CV, with a brief description of your role as author/co-author (provides context for Duke’s review committee as author sequence varies by field) and 1-2 sentences describing the publication’s significance.


Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code: ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:


Internal Deadline

February 25, 2024

External Deadline

March 15, 2024