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Posted: 4/18/2022

Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics program to make sabbatical research leaves more productive by extending them from a single term to a full academic year. For awards made in 2022, the foundation encourages applications from those severely impacted by COVID-19 and for whom travel during the sabbatical period will be difficult. The foundation aims to support these sabbatical eligible mathematicians, even if remaining at their home institution is the only option.

The foundation also strongly encourages applications from scientists from underrepresented groups.

Deadline: Sep. 28, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is restricted to sabbatical or equivalent leave-eligible faculty who wish to use the Simons Fellowship award for the purpose of extending at least a single-term sabbatical research leave to a full academic year. The fellowship program will not support the extension of a full year of sabbatical research leave to an additional term. In order to receive the fellowship, you must be approved by your institution for a full year of sabbatical research leave, consisting of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters with at least 50 percent of the year fully paid by the home university and no more than 50 percent fully or partly supported by the fellowship. If funds from the foundation are insufficient to cover the salary needs for the period supported by the fellowship, other resources can be used for this purpose. The foundation will consider circumstances where, for example, the university covers 80 percent of a full year of leave and the fellowship covers the remaining 20 percent.

Amount Description

A Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics in 2021 will provide 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 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave. The Fellow’s home institution will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Please note that the foundation’s indirect cost policy allows up to 20 percent of direct cost expenditures.

The Simons Fellowship will fund up to 50 percent of the 2022–2023 academic year, where, for example, the full leave year period could be January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022; September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023; or January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023. Fellowship funding must be contiguous to the university-supported portion of the leave.

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