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The O.K. Earl, Texaco, and the Foster and Coco Stanback Postdoctoral Fellowships at Caltech

The California Institute of Technology will offer three fellowships in Geological and Planetary Sciences beginning in the fall of 2022. The O.K. Earl and Texaco Postdoctoral Fellowships are awards funded by endowments from Orrin K. Earl, Jr. and the Texaco Philanthropic Foundation. The Texaco and O.K. Earl fellowships have been established to support the research of scientists typically within two years after receipt of the Ph.D. The twin goals of the program are to identify and support innovative and creative work in the earth and planetary sciences, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary work, and to nurture the careers of exceptional individuals who contribute to building the diversity and inclusivity of the scientific enterprise.  Applicants with training in physics, chemistry, biology, or computer sciences are urged to apply.  The Division is currently active in geobiology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, petrology, seismology, environmental science and engineering, and atmospheric and planetary sciences.

The Foster and Coco Stanback Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Environmental Science is intended to support innovative and creative early career scientists working in global environmental science, including areas such as biogeochemistry, glaciology, paleo-climatology, and the atmosphere and ocean sciences, and to nurture the careers of exceptional individuals who contribute to building the diversity and inclusivity of the scientific enterprise. To be eligible for the Stanback, candidates should have received their Ph.D. no earlier than April 1, 2021, except in exceptional circumstances.

Each of these three fellowships carries an annual stipend of $63,500 plus a research expense fund of $5,000 and up to $1,500 for one-way travel costs to Pasadena. The duration of the appointment is normally two years, contingent upon completion of the Ph.D. degree and good progress in the first year. Fellows are eligible to participate in Caltech’s benefit programs, including health and dental programs. It is expected that the fellowship recipient be hosted by one or more division professors (designated by the Chair) who will provide both financial support and mentorship.

Materials in support of an application should include curriculum vitae, list of publications, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of reference. Complete applications including letters of reference are due by December 1, 2021.

Applications for the Texaco and O.K. Earl can be submitted at:

Applications for the Stanback can be submitted at:

Fellowship candidates will automatically be considered for other available postdoctoral positions at Caltech in their fields of interest.

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