Named Endowment Opportunities start at $100,000. For more information, please call Barbra Weir at (626) 395-3225.
A named professorial chair is the highest recognition that an institution
of higher learning bestows on its faculty. Such endowments provide Caltech
much flexibility in offering competitive salaries and well-equipped research
and teaching facilities.
The availability of endowed funds for visiting professorships enables
Caltech to invite distinguished educators and scientists to the faculty
for a limited time without an impact on the Institute’s operating
Postdoctoral training has become an essential final step in the education
of young scientists, and these fellowships provide resources for the
Institute to support its vital community of postdoctoral scholars.
Endowed graduate fellowships enable Caltech to recruit exceptional graduate
students even when fluctuations in the economy and political environment
affect other sources of funding.
Faculty Start-up Fund
Endowment for faculty start-ups provides vital funds to seed research,
renovate laboratory space, and purchase equipment for new members to
Caltech ’s faculty.
Resources for undergraduate scholarship help the Institute attract top
students from diverse backgrounds and permit them to graduate without
crippling debt, so that they are able to attend graduate school or pursue
a range of career opportunities.
Discovery Funds help Caltech stay competitive by providing resources
for new research opportunities that might not otherwise be pursued simply
because of lack of funding.
The President’s Fund endowment pool supports ongoing collaborations
between Caltech faculty and JPL scientists.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) funds are used to support
research projects initiated by undergraduates, which are invaluable experiences
in young Caltech students ’ academic careers.
Faculty Reinvention Fund
Faculty Reinvention Funds enable faculty to change directions in their
research, which is an important part of the renewal process in academic
Such funds provide resources to support a periodic lecture on campus
by a visiting speaker who is distinguished in the designated field.