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

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.

Wanying Kang

2019-2020 Houghton-Lorenz Fellow

PhD, Harvard University

Janni Yuval

2018-2019 Houghton-Lorenz Fellow

PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science

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.

Past & Current Crosby Fellows

Lubna Shawar

Lubna Shawar

2019-20 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Saverio Cambioni

2020-21 Crosby Fellow

PhD, University of Arizona




Tushar Mittal

2019-20 Crosby Fellow

PhD, UC Berkeley

Elizabeth Shoenfelt Troein

2018-19 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Columbia University


Athena Eyster

2017-18 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Harvard University

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Bergmann Lab, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Lily Momper

2016 Crosby Fellow

PhD, University of Southern California

Current Position: Environmental & Earth Sciences Scientist at Exponet, Pasdena CA


Francois Tissot

2015 Crosby Fellow

PhD, University of Chicago

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Caltech

Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia

2014 Crosby Fellow

PhD, University of Arizona

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester


Chris Hayes

2013 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Columbia University

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Marine Science, The University of Southern Mississippi

Giulio Mariotti

2012 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Boston University

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University