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Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015

For 2016-17, MSRI will appoint Postdoctoral Fellows to each of the programs. Fellowship applications are reviewed by program organizers and the MSRI directorate, who recommend finalists to the Scientific Advisory Committee for approval at its January meeting. Awards are announced in early February.

Support: These awards provide support for five months for one-semester programs. MSRI expects Postdoctoral Fellows to be in residence for the entire period of their fellowship while their program is in session. The fellowship stipend is currently $5,000 per month, with a travel subsidy for one round-trip from your current institution, and a research travel budget of $600. Health insurance is also provided. Postdoctoral fellows cannot receive any other monetary compensation during their PD fellowship at MSRI.

In addition, MSRI's postdoctoral program has two endowed fellowships, the Viterbi and Huneke fellowships. There is no need to apply separately for these positions which carry a monthly stipend of $5,000 per month and a research travel budget of $600 for one semester. Awards will be made competitively, from nominees submitted by the organizing committees of the programs.

Note: Junior researchers who will be holding NSF postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2016-17 are not eligible to apply for an MSRI Postdoctoral Fellowship. Such researchers are welcome to visit MSRI, and they should apply for a regular research membership, specifying that they are NSF postdoctoral Fellows. NSF Postdoctoral Fellows in their first year of their NSF fellowship in 2016-17 may not be able to attend the program, and would need to contact their NSF office.

Postdoctoral fellowships are intended for mathematicians with Ph.D.s awarded in 2011 or later. Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. at the time of their proposed residency; financial support is not available for graduate students. Some preference is given to U.S. applicants.

Application Process: The application is to be completed online at the MathJobs website. Please read the instructions there before completing the form. Be sure to specify the program to which you are applying on MathJobs. The application must address these issues: the scientific basis of a postdoctoral fellowship at MSRI, the duration of the fellowship sought, and what other support is anticipated for the year. (Note that some agencies, such as the NSF, have limitations on compensation that can be received in addition to their fellowship stipends.) All applications will be reviewed by the MSRI Directorate, Scientific Advisory Committee, Human Resources Advisory Committee, and Program Organizers.

*Application Material Required:*

*Submit the following items online at the MathJobs site:* 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publication List
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers)

The "Statement of Purpose" is a critical document that must state clearly and specifically the relationship between the applicant's interests and the scientific objectives of the program. A generic statement of plans for future research will not suffice. Candidates must upload several support documents and arrange for those writing recommendations to upload their letters of recommendation.

To receive full consideration, it is essential that all application materials, including three letters of support, be in place at the MathJobs website by December 1, 2015.

Awards will be announced in early February 2016. MSRI asks applicants' consideration in not phoning or emailing the Institute regarding the status of their applications before March 2016.