Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship at Santa Fe Institute, USA

Deadline: 25 October 2013
Open to: Ph.D. holders in any discipline from any country
Fellowship: competitive salary, generous benefits and up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is unique among postdoctoral appointments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural and social sciences. Most research is theoretical and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI averages 10 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and 250 visitors per year.

As thought leaders who shape the future of science, Omidyar Fellows participate in a provocative training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond.  The program focuses on sustained mentoring relationships with SFI resident and external faculty, skill development workshops, off-campus research and teaching experiences, and the variety of scholarly leadership and science management opportunities at SFI.


Candidates from any country and any discipline are welcome. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Requirements include:

  • a Ph.D. in any discipline (or expected Ph.D. by September 2014)
  • strong computational and quantitative skills
  • an exemplary academic record
  • a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • a demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research
  • evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms


Up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) plus a competitive salary and generous benefits.


Candidates must apply online HERE by 25 October 2013. Candidates will receive the invitation for an interview in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the week of 21 January 2014.  Interviews take place over two days, plus travel time.

Interested candidates must submit the following:

  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 independent 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.

For further information visit the Santa Fe Institute website or contact [email protected]

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