Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship | Call for applications

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing 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. In each academic semester the activities of the Institute are largely focused on specific research programs, each of which attracts around forty participants ranging from senior scientists to graduate students. The Institute, created in 2012 through a ten-year grant from the Simons Foundation, opened its doors in Fall 2013 and is hosting four research programs in academic year 2013-14.

In its second year, 2014-15, the Institute will host three further research programs on the following topics: in Fall 2014, "Algorithmic Spectral Graph Theory" and "Algorithms & Complexity in Algebraic Geometry," and in Spring 2015, "Information Theory". Descriptions of these programs and other information about the Institute can be found at The Institute invites applications for Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters. 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 academic year 2014-15).

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. The Institute expects to award about 25 Fellowships in 2014-15; the majority of these are for one semester, but several appointments for a full academic year are expected to be made. In each semester of residence each Fellow will normally participate in at least 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-Berkeley Fellow and is also appointed to a postdoctoral position at a partner institution. Partner institutions include: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; the I-CORE Israeli Centers of Research Excellence; the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, and IIIS, Tsinghua University, China. Applicants interested in such a joint fellowship should apply to the partner institution directly at the indicated link. 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 for Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, or both, should prepare the following documents in a single PDF file:

  • Cover letter, briefly describing your interest in the Institute and its programs
  • 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 December 15, 2013. The deadline for receipt of recommendation letters is December 31, 2013.