Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists (within at most six years of the award of their PhD at the start of the academic year of their Fellowship). The Institute offers up to about sixteen Fellowships each semester; the majority of these are for one semester, in connection with a specific program, but several appointments for a full academic year are also available. In each semester of residence, a Fellow will normally participate in at least one of the ongoing programs at the Institute.
Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships
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-Berkeley Fellow, subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution. Applicants receiving full or partial support from their home institution, foundations or governments are also welcome to apply.
In addition, the Institute co-hosts joint fellowships, in which a Fellow spends a period (typically one semester) as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow and is also appointed to a research position at a partner institution. Partner institutions include the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany; the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel; and the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. Applicants interested in such a joint fellowship should submit both a Simons-Berkeley Fellow application and an application at the partner institution. For questions about positions at a partner institution, please contact that institution directly.
Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship applications for the Fall and Spring semesters open in October of the previous year, with a closing date in mid-December.