Simons Foundation Advancing Research in Basic Science and Mathematics
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The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics program, which is intended to make sabbatical leaves more productive by extending them to a full academic year. Research leaves from classroom teaching and administrative obligations can provide strong intellectual stimulation and lead to increased creativity and productivity in research.
Eligibility for this year’s program is restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the fellowship award for the purpose of extending at least a single-term research leave to a full academic year. The fellowship program will not support the extension of a full year of research leave to an additional term. In order to receive the Simons Fellowship, you must be approved by your institution for a full year of 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.
A Simons Fellow in Mathematics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same U.S. or Canadian college or university within the mathematics department, at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical research leave and in the term following the leave. This must be the applicant’s primary position. Applied mathematics and statistics disciplines are eligible as long as the applicant resides within the mathematics department. In addition, a Fellow must have an active current research program. Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.
A Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same U.S. or Canadian college or university within the 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. Fellows cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.
Maximum Project Value
A Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics 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 9 or 12 months, and up to $25,000 for expenses related to the leave.
A Simons Fellowship in Mathematics 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 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave.
The above awards will be administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses.
The Simons Fellowship will fund up to 50 percent of the 2020–2021 academic year, where, for example, the full leave year period could be January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020; September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2021; or January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021. Fellowship funding must be contiguous to the university-supported portion of the leave.
Fellowship awards and sabbatical periods may begin no earlier than January 1, 2020, and no later than January 1, 2021. The award and the sabbatical period must finish no later than December 31, 2021.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Applications should be started and submitted under the applicant’s own account on proposalCENTRAL. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.
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Please be sure to submit a proposal using the appropriate application (Mathematics and Physical Sciences — Simons Fellows in Mathematics OR Theoretical Physics).
University of Guelph is registered with proposalCENTRAL.