Simons Institute Research Fellowships | Call for applications

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is a major international venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science and related fields. The Institute is housed in Calvin Lab, a dedicated building on the UC Berkeley campus, and provides a vibrant and welcoming environment for visiting researchers. In each academic semester, the activities of the Institute are largely focused on specific research programs, each of which attracts around sixty long-term participants ranging from senior scientists to graduate students. The Institute, created in 2012 through a grant from the Simons Foundation, opened its doors in Fall 2013.

In 2024-25, the Institute will host four research programs on the following topics:

 

Descriptions of these programs and other information about the Institute can be found on our Research Programs page.

Applications for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 are now closed. Spring 2025 fellowship applications will remain open until March 31, 2024.

Eligibility: Programmatic research fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists (within at most five years of the award of their PhD at the start of academic year 2024-25). Applicants who already hold junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to spend one semester as a Simons Institute research fellow, subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution. Graduate students will be considered only if the expected PhD completion date is before the start of the program.

The Institute expects to award about eight fellowships for each program in 2024-25, with one or two appointments for a full academic year. In each semester of residence, each Fellow will normally participate in one of the ongoing programs at the Institute. 

In addition, the Institute co-hosts joint fellowships, in which a fellow spends a period (typically one semester) as a Simons Institute fellow and is also appointed to a research position at a partner institution. Postdoctoral positions at partner institutions are available (see sidebar). Applicants interested in such a joint fellowship should submit both a Simons Institute fellow application and an application at the partner institution. In addition, applicants should indicate their interest in a joint fellowship in the last textbox of the application form below. For questions about positions at a partner institution, please contact that institution directly.

Salaries and benefits are competitive, and assistance with visas and housing will be provided. The Institute particularly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. 

Application Instructions

Each applicant should prepare the following documents in a single PDF file:

  • Cover letter, briefly describing your interest in the position
  • Curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications
  • Research statement 

In addition, applicants must submit the names and email addresses of three recommenders using the application form below. When an applicant submits this form, each recommender will receive an automatically generated request for a letter. Applicants may wish to check with their recommenders before the deadline that they have submitted their letters; it is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the letters are submitted.

Applications for Special Year on Large Language Models and Transformers: Part 2 are due by March 31, 2024. To apply, please complete the application form.

For questions, please contact our Visitor Services Team via email at simonsvisitorservices [at] berkeley.edu.

 

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