Named Endowment Opportunities

Named endowment opportunities start at $100,000. The following are ways in which you can direct your endowment so as to achieve your personal philanthropic goals. For more information on setting up a named endowment, please call (626) 395-3225.

Professorial Chairs

A named professorial chair is one of the highest recognitions an institution of higher learning bestows on its faculty. Such endowments allow Caltech the flexibility to offer competitive salaries to valuable faculty members and to provide well-equipped research and teaching facilities.

Visiting Professorships

Endowed funds for visiting professorships enable Caltech to invite distinguished educators and scientists to come to campus and collaborate with members of the faculty.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral training is an essential final step in the education of young scientists; postdoctoral fellowships provide resources for the Institute to support this vital community of scholars.

Graduate Fellowships

Endowed graduate fellowships enable Caltech to recruit exceptional graduate students even when fluctuations in the economy and political environment affect other funding sources.

Faculty Start-up Funds

Endowments for faculty start-ups provide vital funds to seed research, renovate laboratory space, and purchase equipment for new members of the Caltech faculty.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Having sufficient resources for undergraduate scholarships assists the Institute in attracting top students from diverse backgrounds and permitting them to graduate without incurring crippling debt.

Discovery Funds

Discovery funds are unrestricted funds that help Caltech stay competitive by providing faculty and administrative leaders resources for supporting innovative—and often high-risk—lines of research that might otherwise be ignored for lack of funding.

President's Fund

The President's Fund endowment pool supports ongoing collaborations between Caltech faculty and JPL scientists.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program supports undergraduates as they carry out research projects under the guidance of mentors at Caltech and JPL. These projects provide invaluable hands-on experiences for students at the beginning of their scientific careers.

Faculty Reinvention Funds

Faculty Reinvention Funds enable Caltech faculty to pursue new research directions, following their best ideas with focus and freedom.


These funds provide the resources to support periodic lectures on campus by visiting speakers who are distinguished in their given fields.