The Milton (PhD '69) and Rosalind Chang Career Exploration Prize encourages and supports recent Caltech graduates who would like to explore careers outside of academia through a career gap experience project.
This prize provides action-oriented alumni with the freedom to intentionally explore career opportunities or transitions outside of academia, and helps alumni build and enhance their skills as leaders and advocates, such as in government and journalism. Projects could include volunteering, either within or outside their degree or field, or the pursuit of a bold, compelling, and innovative project that has the potential to make a positive impact on society.
The Chang Career Exploration Prize can provide up to $65,000 in financial support for a career gap experience, a finite period of time (six to twelve months) during which an individual deliberately takes a break from his or her current academic or professional path in order to explore other interests, have a diversity of experiences, and develop new skills in order to optimize career pathways.
In this first year of the program, we intend to award the Chang Prize to one undergraduate and one graduate Caltech alumna/alumnus. Prizes are awarded at the discretion of Caltech, and administered by the Office of Alumni Relations.
Caltech alumni interested in fearlessly exploring a new career, volunteer opportunity, or enterprising project are encouraged to apply by August 15, 2018. Awardees will be named in October 2018. It is expected that alumni will begin their projects by April 30, 2019.
Project Proposal DeadlineAugust 15, 2018EligibilityCaltech alumni who have received their BS, terminal masters, or PhD from Caltech within the past ten years, with a preference for those who are five years or less from graduation, are eligible to submit their project proposal for the Milton and Rosalind Chang Career Exploration Prize.
Current Caltech students who will receive their degree by the submission deadline are also eligible to apply.