Applications for a Junior Fellowship are by nomination only. Requests for nominations are sent to a targeted list of scientists. Only these scientists are eligible to submit a nomination.

Junior Fellows are appointed for up to three years. Junior Fellows receive a stipend, funds for fringe benefits, as well as a $5,000 research allowance. The Junior Fellow’s New York City host institution will receive an additional 20 percent in indirect costs.

A host institution must be an educational institution in New York City (i.e., Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx). Institutions outside New York City are not eligible.

To be a Junior Fellow, one must be engaged in research in one of the following areas of science:

  • Life sciences, including genetics, cellular and organismic biology, neurosciences and basic aspects of biomedical research
  • Physical and engineering sciences, including astronomy, chemistry, basic aspects of engineering, earth sciences, physics and related disciplines
  • Pure and applied mathematics
  • Computer and information science

For 2021, Junior Fellowships must begin on July 1, August 1 or September 1, 2021. Additionally, a Junior Fellow must have fulfilled the requirements of a Ph.D. degree no earlier than May 2019 and no later than August of 2021.

A Junior Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with another fellowship or a tenure-track faculty appointment. Junior Fellows cannot hold other Simons Foundation grants during their appointment, but can apply for (and work on) other grants. While accepting summer salary on other grants is allowed, the Junior Fellowship award amount would be reduced if academic-year salary is accepted, including with voluntary teaching positions. Junior Fellows cannot have any non-voluntary teaching obligations

Junior Fellows may transfer their award to another educational institution in New York City, including any medical institution that is affiliated with such an institution. Junior Fellows are expected to be in residence in New York City during the academic year. Residency in New York City outside of the academic terms is not required.

The deadline to submit nominations for 2021 Junior Fellows is September 10, 2020. Please contact if you are a faculty member who would like to submit a nomination.

In 2021, the foundation expects to appoint up to 13 Junior Fellows and to notify nominators and nominees of the decision by December 31, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the fields of research of the Senior Fellows range across the same set of disciplines as the Junior Fellows?

In appointing both Senior and Junior Fellows, we aim for scientific excellence and broad coverage of all relevant areas of science. A Junior Fellow may certainly expect that there will be one or more Senior Fellows working in a somewhat related area. However, there is no expectation that the research interests of Junior Fellows will precisely align with those of the Senior Fellows. The foundation’s expectation is that the New York City institution at which the junior fellow is appointed will designate an appropriate research mentor who will typically not be one of the Senior Fellows but who will be in the same discipline as the Junior Fellow.

Is there a restriction on the number of Junior Fellows per institution and field?

No, there is no limit on the number of Junior Fellows per institution or field.

Is there a limit to the number of nominees an institution can submit?

There is no limit to the number of nominees an institution can support in the nomination procedure. 

Is there a limit to the number of nominees an individual can submit?

Yes, only one nomination per individual is allowed.

Can non-U.S. citizens be nominated?

Yes, there are no citizenship requirements.

Can someone from outside the United States be nominated as Junior Fellow?

Yes, as long as this person can relocate to a New York City institution by the appointment start date.

Does the Junior Fellow arrange to partner with a New York City institution after being named a Junior Fellow, or should they already have a position or link with a New York City institution prior to being nominated? Or should the nominator contact the New York City institution prior to sending the nomination?

A prior affiliation with a New York City institution is not required, and we expect that the program will attract outstanding young scientists to come and work in New York. However, an essential component of the nomination package is a commitment from a New York City institution to host the nominee if appointed. 

Can Senior Fellows provide a nomination or recommendation letter?

Yes, the Senior Fellows are welcome to submit a nomination and can write a recommendation letter. 

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