Program Details

The Flatiron Institute is now accepting applications for the IDEA Scholar program through October 15, 2020.

The goal of this program is to invite distinguished scientists with a particular interest in increasing diversity and improving equity and inclusion in the sciences for extended visits at the Flatiron Institute. We regard diversity as having many dimensions, including but not limited to gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race, faith, ethnicity, cultural heritage, disability and socioeconomic background. We encourage these visiting scholars to engage with any of these dimensions or to suggest others.

Scholars may engage in a variety of activities while in residence, such as working on scientific projects, starting new scientific collaborations, mentoring junior scientists, interacting with Flatiron scientific staff, giving talks and seminars, and organizing or participating in workshops and career development events. Scholars will propose activities that they wish to lead or to participate in during their residency. Although the scholars’ own scientific activities are likely to be anchored within one of the centers, some activities might be Flatiron-wide.

Additional financial and administrative support can be requested to support activities such as workshops.

Program Requirements and Funding Level

Scholars will spend four weeks at the Flatiron Institute. (Longer visits may be possible with prior approval.) They may come for one long visit or multiple visits of at least one week each, spread over a period of up to two years. Travel and local expenses will be covered. A fixed supplement to support caregiving responsibilities can be requested. Approximately six visitors per year will be selected across the Flatiron Institute.


Scholars must hold at minimum the rank of assistant professor (or the equivalent) in a scientific discipline, though they need not be computational scientists. Applicants must make a case for how they will engage with members and staff of the Flatiron Institute and how they will work to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion during their residency.

How to Apply

The following materials should be submitted no later than October 15, 2020, for visits from June 2021- May 2022.

1. Completed Application Form

2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) and a list of publications and other significant products, such as software.

3. Proposal: A statement of up to two pages on how the applicant would improve diversity, equity and inclusion at the Flatiron Institute, including a description of proposed activities that the applicant would organize or participate in. The proposal should also discuss potential areas for scientific collaboration and should specify which centers and staff members the applicant is interested in interacting with at the institute.

4. Names and contact information for three references.

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