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Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellowship Program

The application period for the 2018 cohort is now closed, we will be accepting applications for the 2019 cohort starting August 6, 2018 until October 28, 2018. 

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is unique among postdoctoral appointments. It offers early-career scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that matter most for science and society. The Institute rejects compartmentalized thought common in academia. Instead, SFI scientists transcend boundaries between fields, freely synthesizing ideas spanning many disciplines – from math, physics, and biology to the social sciences and the humanities – in pursuit of creative insights that advance our scientific frontiers. Omidyar Fellows spend up to three years in residence at SFI, where they contribute to SFI’s research in the sciences of complexity and become the “new leadership for new science.”  As thought leaders who shape the future of science,  Omidyar Fellows also participate in a unique training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond. 

The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical (SFI does not have lab facilities) and/or computational in nature, although it may include an empirical component. SFI has 14 Omidyar Fellows and postdoctoral researchers, 13 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and averages 1000 visitors per year. Descriptions of the research themes and interests of the faculty and current Fellows can be found at SFI Research.
Requirements include a Ph.D. in any scientific discipline granted within 6 years of the application deadline or completed prior to September 2019, strong quantitative and computational skills, an exemplary academic record, a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively, a demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research and evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms. The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and women, veterans, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

You will be asked to provide the following application materials: 
1. Curriculum vitae (including publications list). 
2. Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why. 
3. Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment? 
4. Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (The letters should be sent independently of the application. When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.) 
5. (Optional) A copy of one paper you have written in English, either published or unpublished.

Successful candidates will receive the invitation for an interview in mid-December 2018.  

We will conduct candidate interviews January 10 - 11 and 14- 15,  2019 in Santa Fe, NM. Interviews take place over two days, plus travel time. New Omidyar Fellows are expected to begin their appointment no earlier than June 2019 and no later than October 2019.