The Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering
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. Sixteen recipients will receive individual grants of
$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.
Nominations are requested in January of each year from the presidents of 50 universities selected
by the Advisory Panel. Up to two nominations may be made by the president of each institution.