Simons Fellows Program in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Simons Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 28, 2018 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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Overview:

The Simons Foundation is proud to announce the Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.


The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Fellows Programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The Fellows Programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation. The goal of the Simons Fellows Program is to make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year.


Simons Fellows in Mathematics

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Mathematics program, which enables research leaves by providing time away from classroom teaching and academic administration.


Rationale: Research leaves from classroom teaching and administrative obligations can provide strong intellectual stimulation and lead to increased creativity and productivity in research. The Simons Fellows program is intended to make leaves more productive by enabling their extension from one academic term to a full academic year.


Basis for Awards: A selection committee of distinguished scientists will advise the foundation on the selection of applicants. Awards will be based on the applicant’s scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.


Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Fellowship in Mathematics supports a research leave, defined as a continuous period of one or more academic semesters or quarters free from classroom teaching and academic administration. The program provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over nine or twelve months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave. The award is to be administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Any unspent funds at the end of the research leave must be returned to the Simons Foundation.


Fellowships may begin no earlier than July 1 and the foundation-supported portion of the leave must be completed by August 31 of the following year.


Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics


The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics program, which enables research leaves by providing time away from classroom teaching and academic administration.


Rationale: Research leaves from classroom teaching and administrative obligations can provide strong intellectual stimulation and lead to increased creativity and productivity in research. The Simons Fellows program is intended to make leaves more productive by enabling their extension from one academic term to a full academic year.


Basis for Awards: A selection committee of distinguished scientists will advise the foundation on the selection of applicants. Awards will be based on the applicant’s scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.


Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics supports a research leave, defined as a continuous period of one or more academic semesters or quarters free from classroom teaching and academic administration. The program provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over nine or twelve months, and up to $25,000 for expenses related to the leave. The award is to be administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Any unspent funds at the end of the research leave must be returned to the Simons Foundation.


Fellowships may begin no earlier than July 1 and the foundation-supported portion of the leave must be completed by August 31 of the following year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligibility for this year’s program is restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the grant for the purpose of extending a single-term sabbatical leave to a full academic year.
  • For applicants at universities on the semester system, the Simons Fellowship will fund up to one semester in the upcoming academic year, either fall or spring.
  • For those on the quarter system, the fellowship will fund up to one quarter, during the upcoming academic year, extending the sabbatical leave to three quarters.
  • Simons Fellow in Mathematics:
    • A Simons Fellow in Mathematics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at a U.S. or Canadian college or university within the mathematics department, at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical, and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant’s primary position.
    • Applied mathematics and statistics disciplines are eligible.
    • In addition, a Fellow must have an active current research program.
  • Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics:
    • A Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at a U.S. or Canadian college or university within the physics or related department, at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical, and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant’s primary position.
    • In addition, a Fellow must have an active current research program.

Ineligibility:

  • The funding may not be used for summer salary (if salary is paid over nine months) or to increase the academic-year salary beyond the university rate.
  • For salary replacement funds, please follow your university’s policy on costs associated with sabbaticals not supported by the university.
  •  Salaries for students or research associates will not be supported, but funds may be used to help transport members of the Fellow’s research group to the sabbatical location (if different from the home institution) and provide housing.
  • Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.