Nominations

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 2022, Junior Fellowships must begin on July 1, August 1 or September 1, 2022. Additionally, a Junior Fellow must have fulfilled the requirements of a Ph.D. degree no earlier than May 2020 and no later than August of 2022.

A Junior Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with another fellowship or a tenure-track faculty appointment. 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 2022 Junior Fellows is September 15, 2021. Please contact societyoffellows@simonsfoundation.org if you are a faculty member who would like to submit a nomination.

In 2022, the foundation expects to appoint up to 12 Junior Fellows and to notify nominators and nominees of the decision by December 31, 2021.

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