Pivot Fellowship

Launched in 2022, the Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship program supports researchers who have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, as well as a deep interest, curiosity and drive to make contributions to a new discipline.

The fellowship enables today’s brightest minds to apply their talent and expertise to a new area of research, consisting of one training year where the fellow will be embedded in a lab of a mentor to learn the new discipline and its culture.

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. At the end of the fellowship year, fellows will be invited to apply for a 3-year research award in the new field for up to $1.5 million over the 3-year period.

Learn more about this year’s class of Pivot Fellows.


The Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship program is now accepting applications for its second class of fellows. Learn more and apply for the program here. Applications are due May 15, 2023.

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