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Freedom, Creativity, and Innovation: The Packard Fellowship Case Study

Learn how David Packard, co-founder of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, launched the Packard Fellowship program. Download the Packard Fellowship case study.

Packard and his colleagues created a new type of fellowship aimed at early-career researchers. This model has stood the test of time like few other philanthropic initiatives, and to this day, three decades since they launched, the Packard Fellowships have continued to act as a catalyst for scientific and engineering discovery.

Now more than 30 years old, the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering is a rare program that has stood the test of time, and it has remained much as it was at its founding.

“[My father] very often said all of the progress made in the twentieth century was based on science of the nineteenth century. He really understood at a very deep level and believed that to make progress as a society and as a nation and as a world, we really needed to focus on advancing science and engineering both.” –  Susan Packard Orr, David Packard’s daughter and past board chair of the Foundation.

Read the Packard Fellowship case study here.