University of California Santa Barbara — KITP Fellows

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California Santa Barbara promotes scientific progress by bringing together accomplished researchers for sufficient time to form new collaborations and to carry out substantive research that will lead in new directions.

KITP's Fellows program supports a single long visit (6-8 weeks) from experimentalists, observers or theorists in physics or astronomy departments at teaching-intensive U.S. colleges or universities designated as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Applicants must be active ladder faculty (assistant, associate or full professors) at a non-R1 MSI with an undergraduate major in physics or astronomy.

Each KITP Fellow award will fund travel and local accommodation expenses for a single stay of 6-8 weeks, and, to allow the Fellows to be away for an extended period, a taxable stipend of $2,000/week (up to $16,000 total). Approximately 9 Fellows will be selected each year, with our first cohort present during the 2022-23 academic year.

Faculty interested in participating in this program in the approximate period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 can apply at

Applicants must upload the key materials needed for selection, which include a Curriculum Vitae, a 2-page proposal statement describing how the applicant would engage scientifically during their visit to the KITP, and at least one letter of support from a scientific colleague that specifically addresses the intent of their program application.

Examples of KITP Fellow's engagement include: attending a KITP program in their field of interest, coming to spend time interacting with a program outside of the faculty member's main line of research so as to establish a new research direction, or collaborating with KITP faculty or postdocs.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021.

All applicants will be notified of awards by February 1, 2022.