Simons Fellows

The Simons Fellows programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. The program aims to make sabbatical research leaves more productive by extending them from a single term to a full academic year. 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.

Value: 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 expense

Eligibility: A Simons Fellow must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same U.S. or Canadian college or university within the mathematics, physics or related department at the time of application, throughout the course of the sabbatical research leave and in the term following the leave. 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.

Note: Unlike the Simons Investigators program, these are self applications (not institutional nominations) and there is no limit on the number of applications from the institution.

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Upcoming Deadlines

September 26, 2023September 26, 2023 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Simons Fellows Provides funds to mathematics and theoretical physics faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.