The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute

Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to: candidates from any country with PhD in any discipline
Fellowship: competitive salary and other benefits


The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute offers a select group of 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. Postdoctoral researchers selected for the SFI Omidyar Fellowship spend up to three years in residence at SFI, where they contribute to the Institute’s research, advance the sciences of complexity, and become the “new leadership for new science.”

The Omidyar Fellowship is unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Institute has no formal programs or departments. 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.


Applications are welcome from candidates from any country and any discipline. All applicants should have:

  • A PhD in any discipline (or expected to obtain PhD by September 2016);
  • 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.


The Omidyar Fellowship offers competitive salary, generous benefits, discretionary research and collaboration funds. Fellows will also experience  transdisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers worldwide and participate in a structured leadership training program.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015. For successful application please log in and apply HERE. Interested candidates must submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae (including publications list);
  • Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why;
  • 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?
  • 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.);
  • (Optional) A copy of one paper you have written in English, either published or unpublished.

For more information please visit the official website.


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