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The Leo M. Falicov Fellowship in Theoretical Physics

This fellowship has been established in memory of Professor Leo M. Falicov to recognize outstanding students that have been admitted to pursue a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics at Indiana University. The fellowship will be awarded to incoming doctoral students who also increase the diversity of our graduate program, for example, by being:

  • originally from South and Central America, or
  • US citizens who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups (i.e., Hispanic American, African American, Native American), or
  • Women from any country

The stipend consists of $25,000 US per year (for up to 4 years), plus health insurance and tuition assistance.

More than one fellowship per year may be awarded depending on the quality of the pool of candidates.  Applicants should send their vitae, research interests, and (at least two) letters of recommendation to Gerardo Ortiz (ortizg at

Application Deadline: The priority date is December 1st. Applications submitted after these dates will be considered if the fellowship is still available.


Leo M. FalicovLeopoldo Falicov was born in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on June 24, 1933. After graduating from the prestigious public high-school Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, he entered the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires until 1955 when he moved to the Instituto Balseiro (Bariloche, Argentina). In Bariloche he did undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Physics which he finished in 1958. While in Bariloche (in 1957) he obtained a licensiado degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. Not satisfied he also completed a second PhD in Physics at Cambridge University in England the next year under the supervision of Prof. Volker Heine. Prof. Falicov moved to the University of Chicago in 1960 where he became a faculty member and full professor.

In 1969, he moved to the Physics Department of the University of California at Berkeley (where he was Chair from 1981-1983) and stayed there until he died of cancer on January 24, 1995. Prof. Falicov made outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics, in particular to the electronic structure of solids, superconductivity, magnetism, surfaces, and phase transitions. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA, Denmark and Argentina. Prof. Falicov attracted outstanding students and postdoctoral researchers from South America and many other Spanish speaking countries.

He definitely influenced the development of physics in their countries.