Kavli Institute Of Theoretical Physics

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, a.k.a CERN, is at the forefront of the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider (WLC) experiment, searching for cracks on the fundamental principles of physics and testing theories that defy explanation. The Kavli Institute Of Theoretical Physics is currently home to over hundred physicists from around the world with research interests in theoretical particle physics and quantum gravity, who are engaged in some of the most challenging problems in modern science.

Kavli Institute Of Theoretical Physics is a famous institute situated in the United States of America. It is one the most elite institutes providing master’s degree in the area of theoretical physics because of its immensely illustrious faculty, dedicated professionals and well equipped labs & workshops. Interested candidates can apply for various programs at KITP website. Right from academic year 2007-2008, it has started offering Postdoctoral Fellowships for talented individuals who are seeking for research opportunities at KITP.

In the year 1943, George Gamow founded the George Gamow Institute of Theoretical Physics in Berkshire Mountains. Then in the year 1999, the institute was renamed to Kavli Institute Of Theoretical Physics. The Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics is supported by the Norwegian Government in collaboration with the other foundation and sponsors.

Kavli Institute Of Theoretical Physics

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) is a research institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara. KITP is one of the most renowned institutes for theoretical physics in the world, and brings theorists in physics and related fields together to work on topics at the forefront of theoretical science. 

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) is the first and foremost scientific research facility where theorists in physics and allied fields congregate, for sustained periods of time, to work together intensely on a broad range of questions arising from investigations at the leading edges of science.

Those questions are addressed in an array of concurrently running programs, ranging in length from a few weeks to several months. The programs, which attract select groups of participants from institutions worldwide, are designed to enhance interaction and collaboration among participants in order to stimulate the vibrant, creative thinking that leads to insight and significant scientific progress.

Most programs include a 4-day conference, particularly attractive to experimentalists preferring short trips away from their laboratories.

The number of participants in KITP programs and conferences averages 1,000 a year. That simple body count does not convey how well the KITP does in attracting scientists to engage in the sustained interactions that foster productive collaborations. A better metric for that assessment is the total number of days invested by visiting scientists, which currently averages 23,500 visitor days per year. (That number is equivalent to 230 visits of 100 days each or 2,300 visits of 10 days each.) The average length of visit to a KITP program is 36 days.

A 2007 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ranked KITP number one in its assessment of the impact of research conducted at a wide variety of different facilities, including national laboratories, research institutes, and major universities considered both as a whole, but also in terms of their individual best departments. In other words, research conducted in conjunction with KITP programming has had a greater effect on other researchers than research conducted anywhere else. (The study focused on science research facilities, including mathematics and the engineering fields, but excluding biomedical science.)

Institute of Theoretical Physics Application Process

Scientists can become involved in many different ways, and links to further information are provided above and in the left column.  One may apply to attend one of the future programs or register for a future conference.  Because of limitations of space and funds, participation in our programs is by invitation only, whereas our conferences are usually open to anyone interested, so long as we have room.  Those who are invited to participate in our program may request financial assistance to help defray the cost of their participation.  Those coming for extended visits who wish to bring family members can request supplementary financial assistance.

KITP sponsors special fellowships designed to provide opportunities to graduate students, recent PhD’s, and faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions.

KITP is a user-facility for scientists interested in any aspect of theoretical physics, broadly defined.  We are open to ideas for new ways that our institute could stimulate research progress in forefront areas.  Please contact the director with your suggestions.

How KITP programming model differ from the traditional academic conference

The “norm” for scientific conferences (a widespread activity in the academic world) is to hold a series of talks illustrated via presentation software.  These talks are generally “set” pieces, given with incremental modifications at several conferences and guest seminar appearances. These set pieces are designed to take up 55 minutes of the hour customary allotted to speakers with five minutes at the end reserved for audience participation in the form of questions or comments that can only invoke short responses.

This traditional conference-talk model functions more as an advertisement for the speaker’s research, than as a collaborative exploration of ideas.  Traditional academic conferences may well be productive, however the give-and-take conversations about ideas happen not so much in the lecture hall, but outside in the hallways.

KITP’s model is designed to break that mold by inducing speakers and audience members to interact more frequently and more authentically. The idea is to adapt the dynamic hallway-mode (typically involving two or three conversers) to the otherwise static lecture hall format.  It takes, of course, much more time to work together to explore ideas than to give or listen to traditional conference talks. KITP programs can afford to extend these dialogues, as they are measured in weeks and months, instead of days.

Formerly, conferences with their fixed lecture format served as the mode for the pre-publication dissemination of ideas and results.  Now, scientists post their papers on the Internet.

It also used to be (and still is, in many cases) that scientists would go to a conference, give talks, write up the presentations, and submit them to organizers responsible for producing a volume of conference proceedings appearing a year later when interest in the contents had likely declined.

kitp programs

Funding Agency: University of California, Santa Barbara

The purpose of the Graduate Fellowship Program is to offer a unique opportunity for a select group of physics doctoral students to spend a minimum period of 5 months (and up to 6 months) at the KITP, participate in KITP research programs, and broaden their pursuit of theoretical physics in areas of current research.

Graduate education in physics has suffered in recent years from over specialization. Students often concentrate very early in their studies on a particular field of physics, to the exclusion of other fields. Even within a given field, they often concentrate on a very narrow direction of research, centered on the interests of their advisor and the topic of their thesis. Having completed the thesis, the new postdoc must specialize even more in order to publish and not to perish. Many physicists have decried this tendency towards specialization and called for efforts to broaden graduate education in physics. They, and we, believe that broadly educated and trained research physicists are necessary in a rapidly changing scientific world.

We believe that the KITP can play a significant role in the effort to broaden graduate education in theoretical physics. To this end we support up to seven graduate students at a time to spend either the period of our fall programs (July through December) or the period of our spring programs (January through June) at the KITP, participating in our programs and broadening their knowledge of physics in many areas at the frontiers of research. There is some slight flexibility in starting and ending dates, but participants are expected to stay for the entire period for which they have been accepted.

Suitably prepared graduate students can, in a semester at the KITP, significantly broaden their knowledge of physics and meet many research physicists working at the frontiers of knowledge. 

For participation in the winter/spring term, applications or nominations must be received by October 1 of the previous fall. For participation in the summer/fall term, applications or nominations must be received by March 1.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate school in the United States. Students from institutions outside the US may apply for KITP Graduate Fellowships for students from non-U.S. institutions. Since we wish to ensure that the students admitted are fully able to benefit from the program, and that it will not harm the normal progress of their graduate education, we require that the student’s advisor nominate the candidate student. Students cannot apply to the program directly. Students who wish to participate should convince their advisors to nominate them.

kavli institute japan

The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) is an international research institute for physics and mathematics situated in KashiwaJapan, near Tokyo. Its full name is “Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan”.

The main subjects of study at IPMU are particle physicshigh energy physicsastrophysicsastronomy and mathematics. The institute addresses five key questions: “How did the universe begin? What is its fate? What is it made of? What are its fundamental laws? Why do we exist?”


The Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe was created on October 1, 2007, by its founding director Hitoshi Murayama and the University of Tokyo. It is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Science, as a part of their World Premier International Research Center Initiative. In 2012, the IPMU received an endowment from the Kavli Foundation and was renamed the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe.

Members of IPMU

Many notable scientists are employed at the IPMU. Among them:

kavli institute mit

Founded in 1965 as the Center for Space Research, the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) is an interdepartmental center that supports research in space science and engineering, astronomy, and astrophysics. MKI plays a leading role in the design, construction, and utilization of instruments placed aboard space vehicles launched by NASA or other agencies.

Institute projects draw upon the interests and expertise of scientists and engineers from several MIT departments, thus affording a wide array of opportunities for both students and faculty. Experimental programs are supplemented by closely related programs of ground-based research, by theoretical investigations, and by laboratory development of instrumentation for space-based and ground-based experiments.

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