Academic Programs

A named endowed institute or center enables Caltech to launch a strategic initiative to expand knowledge in a key area and to make a sustained, significant contribution in that area through research and teaching. The institute or center's faculty leaders apply this funding to build a pioneering, robust program. Funds may be used to provide research groups with reliable funding, establish graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, invite distinguished visitors, support interdisciplinary collaborations, host academic and public seminars, renovate laboratories, and purchase equipment, among other things. Opportunities are currently available in both the humanities and social sciences; please see below for more information.

Humanities

Einstein Papers Project

The Einstein Papers Project engages in one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science. The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein provides the first complete picture of Einstein's massive written legacy that ranges from his first work on the special and general theories of relativity and the origins of quantum theory to his active involvement with international collaboration and cooperation, human rights, education, and disarmament. 

Collaborations with The Huntington

A unique aspect of Caltech's humanities group is its close relationship with The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, which provides our faculty and students with access to its prized collection of rare books and manuscripts. In addition, the Eleanor Searle Visiting Professorship brings leading scholars in the field to Caltech to teach for HSS and pursue their own research through The Huntington collections, while a joint postdoctoral instructor program attracts young scholars for research and teaching.

In 2013, Caltech and The Huntington launched the Materialities, Texts and Images (MTI) program as their first formal collaborative research effort. 

Creative Writer-in-Residence

Over the past several years, Caltech's literature group has organized an informal but highly successful annual visit by a notable writer that it would now like to expand into a formal, fully funded creative-writer-in-residence program.

There is great interest in this among students, faculty, and writers themselves. The appeal of Caltech—its brilliant students and world-class faculty—is reflected in the fact that we have no difficulty attracting extraordinary writers. Not only do many of our students enjoy creative writing; they also relish the opportunity to talk to writers about their creative process and the ways in which creative writing both intersects with and diverges from the creativity inherent in scientific thinking. The fact that more students are taking literature classes and/or double-majoring or minoring in literature also speaks to student interest in such a program.

Social Sciences

Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences

The Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences is Caltech's hub for research and education in business and economics. At the Linde Institute, students learn the analytical and conceptual tools needed to thrive in their careers. Researchers and students alike strive to understand the fundamental science behind business, economics, finance, and management. Their goal is to gain deeper insight into the mathematical, social, psychological—and even neurobiological—principles behind business and economic interactions and behaviors. 

Center for Computational Economics

Caltech's pioneering studies in computational economics use sophisticated computers and rigorous mathematical tools combined with economic analysis to study financial transactions, economic problems, and social organizational structures that have been complicated by e-commerce, the Internet age, and other aspects of a wired and more fast-paced society. By expanding in this area and creating a Center for Computational Economics, Caltech hopes to maintain its leadership and give investigators the tools to provide organizations and individuals with the accurate analysis necessary to navigate complex financial and social worlds.

Center for Social Neuroscience

Caltech social scientists are at the forefront of a new discipline—social neuroscience—which brings together brain imaging, eye tracking, and social science experimental tools and techniques to elucidate how biological interactions give rise to human behavior and complex social interactions. These investigators are creating a picture of today's intricate social, political, and economic landscapes, generating ideas for more efficient institutions, designing more equitable financial markets, and providing solutions to improve people's lives.