Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists (within at most five years of the award of their PhD at the start of the academic year of their Fellowship). The Institute offers 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 normally participates 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. Positions at partner institutions include: postdoctoral positions at the Center for Mathematical Modeling in Santiago, Chile; the Collaboration on the Theoretical Foundations of Deep Learning (Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, UCI, UCSD, TTIC, EPFL, Hebrew); the Foundations of Data Science Institute (Berkeley, MIT, Boston, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, Howard, Northeastern); the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego; the Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning (UT Austin, University of Washington, WSU); the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany; the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. 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 application process for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in October with a deadline of December 15.