Simons-Berkeley Summer Research Fellowship | Call for applications

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, which opened in Fall 2013, is an exciting new 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. At any given time the activities of the Institute are largely focused on specific research programs, each of which attracts around fifty participants ranging from senior scientists to graduate students.

In 2015 the Institute will, exceptionally, host a Summer program on "Cryptography," which runs from mid-May through mid-August.  A description of this program and other information about the Institute can be found at In connection with this program the Institute invites applications for Simons-Berkeley Summer Research Fellowships.  Like the Institute's academic year fellowships, these Summer Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists (within at most six years of the award of their PhD by May 1, 2015).

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 the summer as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution. Exceptionally well prepared senior graduate students are also eligible. The Institute expects to award about eight Summer Fellowships.  Summer Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the program.

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 Institute and the Cryptography program
  • Curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications
  • Research statement 

In addition, applicants must submit the names and email addresses of three recommenders.

All of this information should be submitted via the application form, available at: When you submit this form, each recommender will receive an automatically generated request for a letter on your behalf. Applicants may wish to check with their recommenders before the deadline that they have submitted their letters.

The deadline for receipt of complete application materials (except letters) is September 30, 2014. The deadline for receipt of recommendation letters is October 15, 2014.