Simons Institute Law and Society Fellowship | Call for applications

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is the world's leading 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 research programs on specific topics in the field, each of which attracts around sixty long-term participants (senior researchers, postdocs and graduate students).

The Institute invites researchers from the humanities, social sciences, law, and related disciplines to apply for a semester-long Law and Society Fellowship for either Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. The spring fellow will participate in the research programs on Causality and Learning and Games, and the fall fellow will join the program on Data-Driven Decision Processes

The Law and Society Fellowships enhance Institute programs that address technologies with profound impacts on human society and with implications for ethics, law, and policy, by supporting a researcher within each who is focused on addressing the broader societal implications of the techniques and technologies addressed within these programs. 

Law and Society Fellows are expected to participate in the Institute's programs and engage with visiting scientists. Additional contributions typically include: an initial talk on the fellow’s work, for visiting researchers at the Simons Institute; and a white paper on recommendations and findings. Fellows may also be invited to collaborate with the Institute’s film production team on an episode of Theory Shorts, a documentary web series about the topics covered in the Institute’s research programs.

The Law and Society Fellow will hold a shared office in Calvin Lab and have University library access and other standard campus privileges. The position comes with a stipend to cover living expenses. 

Junior and senior researchers are welcome to apply. Early-career applicants (postdocs, senior graduate students, and assistant professors) will carry the title of Law and Society Fellow. Senior researchers will carry the title of Senior Law and Society Fellow.

Application Instructions

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

  • Cover letter indicating the semester you are applying for, and briefly describing your interest in the program(s) taking place during that term
  • Curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications
  • Three relevant work samples
  • Contact information for three references 

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021. To apply, please submit your application via the form linked below.

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

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