Simons Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2025 Class of Pivot Fellows

The Simons Foundation and Simons Foundation International are now accepting applications for the next class of Pivot Fellows. The program provides funding for today’s brightest minds to apply their talent and expertise to a new field in mathematics or the natural sciences.

Pivot Fellows receive support for one year of mentored training in their new discipline, followed by the opportunity to apply for up to three years of research funding in their new field. 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.

The most recent class of fellows includes a theoretical physicist transitioning to working on deep learning problems in AI, a materials scientist applying her skills to bioengineering and a marine biologist switching her focus from animals to plants, soils and microorganisms.

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 and research, travel and professional development funding. In addition, mentors will receive a $50,000 research fund. At the end of the fellowship year, fellows will be invited to apply for a research award in the new field for up to $1.5 million over three years.

The fellowships will be funded by the Simons Foundation and Simons Foundation International and administered by the Simons Foundation.

The deadline for submissions is May 15. For more information and to apply, visit the program’s web page.

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