New Simons Foundation ‘Pivot’ Fellowship Enables Researchers to Explore New Fields

The Simons Foundation announces its new Pivot fellowship program, which provides funding for today’s brightest minds to apply their talent and expertise to a new field in mathematics or the natural sciences.

Fellows will receive support for one year of training in their new field under a mentor, followed by the opportunity to apply for up to three years of research funding in the new discipline. Successful applicants will have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, and a deep interest, curiosity and drive to contribute to a new discipline.

“When scientists move into new fields, they bring novel approaches and techniques that can be transformative,” says Simons Foundation president David Spergel. “We hope that this program will enable researchers to make the intellectual pivots that will potentially benefit both their old and new fields.”

The program is open to faculty in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, data science and computer science at academic institutions or equivalent positions elsewhere. The fellowships provide salary support as well as research, travel and professional development funding. In addition, mentors will receive a $50,000 research fund.

The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit the program’s web page.

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