Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships in Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

The Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Earth (EAPS), Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences supports exceptional early-career scientists with interests in the broad range of disciplines represented in the department. Fellows are expected to pursue independent research, but also encouraged to collaborate with at least one faculty member in the department. Applicants are should contact prospective faculty hosts whose primary affiliation is in EAPS. MIT postdoctoral researchers receive mentoring and opportunities for career development throughout the postdoctoral period.

The program typically appoints two new fellows each year through a competitive process. Appointments are for two years. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $64,000, full coverage of premiums for affiliate health and basic dental and vision insurance, and an allowance of $5,000 per year for research and relocation expenses.

Each selected fellow is appointed to a named fellowship depending on disciplinary interests. Named fellowships include the Lorenz Fellowship, the Crosby Fellowship, and the Houghton Fellowship. Houghton fellows are additionally invited to contribute to educational activities in the department, at a level to be determined in consultation with the faculty mentor.

Application Information
Applications are due by the end of November 13, 2022, and must include the following:

  • A single PDF file containing: (i) a curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications; and (ii) a two-page plan (including figures but excluding references) of research to be conducted during the fellowship
  • Three reference letters to be provided separately by referees

All prospective fellows, regardless of discipline, fill out a common application form through Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicprogramsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/22858

The application form will generate emails instructing referees how to upload their letters.

The start date is flexible, but should ideally fall between June 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. by the start date, but not more than three years before the start date. Applicants not selected for one of the named fellowships will automatically be considered for open postdoctoral positions in their area of expertise at MIT. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. Read MIT’s full policy on non-discrimination.

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to eapsdpf@mit.edu.


Fellowship Details

Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2012.

About W. O. Crosby
William O. Crosby joined the MIT faculty in 1878. He was a popular teacher, leading countless field trips that introduced MIT students and Boston residents to the geology of the Boston Basin. Crosby was considered the nation’s top expert on dams, consulted on the construction of the Charles River Dam and the excavation of subway tunnels in Boston, and investigated the foundation conditions for the new MIT campus in Cambridge.

Houghton Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Houghton Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2017.

About Henry Houghton
Henry Houghton served for 25 years as Head of the Department of Meteorology (predecessor of what has become the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate). During that long period, the Department established an unsurpassed standard of excellence in these fields. On his death, Prof. Houghton left the bulk of his estate to the new Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences to establish the Henry Houghton Fund.

Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2017.

About Edward N. Lorenz
Ed Lorenz, a founder of chaos theory, also developed revolutionary ideas about the energetics of stratified, rotating fluids and made important contributions to the understanding of atmospheric dynamics and weather prediction. He was on the faculty of MIT from 1955 to his retirement in 1988. Through his profound contributions to science as well as his quiet demeanor, gentle humility, and love of nature, he set a compelling example of what it means to be a gentleman and a scholar.

Molina Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Molina Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 1996.

About Mario Molina
Mario Molina, renowned atmospheric chemist and MIT Institute Professor Emeritus, shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had the potential to destroy the ozone layer in the Earth’s stratosphere. He was on the faculty of MIT from 1989 to his retirement in 2004. Mario Molina was the gentle giant of his age in environmental science, a wise mentor to his students, and respectful of others no matter their rank or status.