KITP Fellows

The KITP Fellows program supports a single long visit (6-8 weeks) from experimentalists, observers or theorists in physics or astronomy departments, and adjacent interdisciplinary fields, at teaching-intensive U.S. colleges and universities, which are also designated as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). All 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 to and from KITP and local accommodation expenses for a single stay of 6-8 weeks. To allow the Fellows to be away for an extended period, a taxable honorarium of $2,000/week (up to $16,000 total). Approximately 5-7 Fellows will be selected each year, with the cohort present during the 2025-26 academic year. View the list of Fellows To Date.
Faculty interested in participating in this program in the approximate period of July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026 can apply via the "Submit an Application" webform below. This form will allow for the uploading of the key materials needed for selection, and to indicate their preferred visit dates. Required materials from the applicant include a Curriculum Vitae and a 2-page statement describing how the applicant would engage scientifically during their visit to the KITP, and how that engagement would enhance their research program and impact undergraduate research mentoring. In addition, one letter of support is required from a scientific colleague that specifically addresses the intent of the applicant's program application. 
Examples of Fellow’s engagement include: attending a KITP program in their field of interest, interacting with a program outside of the faculty member's main line of research to establish a new research direction, networking with other scientists, using the time for existing focused research activities, or collaborating with UCSB or KITP faculty, visitors or postdocs. 
The deadline for applications is Friday, December 15, 2024.
All applicants will be notified of awards by Wednesday, January 31, 2025.
If you have questions about the KITP Fellows program, please contact Lisa Stewart (lisa [at]



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