Leo M. Falicov Fellowship

Leo M. Falicov Fellowship in Theoretical Physics

This fellowship, established in memory of Professor Leo M. Falicov, is given to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate admitted to pursue a Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics in the Indiana University Department of Physics.


The fellowship is awarded to incoming doctoral students who increase the diversity of our graduate program, by being (for example) originally from South or Central America; U.S. citizens who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups (Hispanic American, African American, Native American, etc.); or women from any country.

Stipend + application process

The stipend consists of $25,000 U.S. 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.

Leo M. Falicov

Leopoldo 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 in Bariloche in Argentina. In Bariloche in 1958, he completed undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physics. While in Bariloche, he also obtained a licensiado degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires in 1957. He completed a second Ph.D. in Physics at Cambridge University in England the next year, under the supervision of Professor Volker Heine.

Professor 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. He stayed there until he died of cancer in January 1995.

Professor 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 United States, Denmark, and Argentina. Professor Falicov attracted outstanding students and postdoctoral researchers from South America and many other Spanish speaking countries, definitely influencing the development of physics in their countries.