Endowed fellowships help HSS welcome the very best applicants for graduate and postdoctoral study—young men and women who will influence science, technology, and society as future leaders. And the availability of fellowship support strongly influences graduate school selection for top scholars. In fact, it is often the deciding factor for applicants.
Looking to the future, traditional sources of government funding for scientific research are becoming less certain, and Caltech faces increased competition from peer institutions. Such conditions are shrinking the pool of applicants and at the same time raising the minimum support level necessary to recruit them to campus. To attract top scholars, we need to be able to offer fellowships as our peers do. No serious young scholar can ignore the freedom, distinction, and financial support that come with a named fellowship offer.
Funding for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships in HSS is an investment in the future—the future of science and technology, the future of education, and the future of our understanding of the world around us. It is an investment in the exceptional people who will usher in the next generation of knowledge.