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09/27/18 11:59 PM EDT
Fellowships to USA and Canada college mathematics and physics teachers and administrators to enable them to extend their sabbatical research leaves from a single-semester to a full year. The goal of this program is to make it easier for faculty to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year.
Grants awarded will be restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the grant for the purpose of extending a single term sabbatical leave to a full academic year. The most important criteria for securing a Simons Fellowship are the potential for research accomplishment (as judged by accomplishments over the last five years), and plans for the leave.
Please note that there are two different Fellowships available: fellowships for teachers in mathematics and fellowships for teachers in theoretical physics.
- For both categories, a Simons Fellowship 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.
- In addition, fellows in mathematics will receive up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave, and fellows in theoretical physics will receive up to $25,000 for expenses related to the leave.
- In both Fellowship categories, the award is administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Any unspent funds at the end of the award must be returned to the Simons Foundation.
- Salary replacement funds are to be used only to replace or partly replace salary during academic terms in which the recipient would otherwise be teaching or engaging in academic administration or other departmental or university committee work. The funding may not be used for summer salary (if salary is paid over nine months) or to increase the academic-year salary beyond the university rate. Please follow the university’s policy on costs associated with sabbaticals not supported by the university. If applicable, fringe benefits are allowed within the salary-replacement-funds category, but the total amount requested cannot exceed the maximum allowed ($100,000).
- The additional funding ($10,000 for mathematics fellows and $25,000 for physics fellows) is to be used to support expenses related to the leave in a manner consistent with the approved sabbatical plans. Allowable leave-related expenses include equipment, travel (including travel to the sabbatical location for the Fellow’s family members), housing (for the Fellow and the Fellow’s family), automobile rental, childcare and support for visitors (including meals). Salaries for students or research associates will not be supported, but funds may be used to help transport members of the Fellow’s research group to the sabbatical location (if different from the home institution) and provide housing. Leave-related expenses may be incurred at any time during the award period; they are not restricted to the terms in which salary is provided by the foundation.
GrantWatch ID#: 174439
The Foundation expects to award up to 12 theoretical physics fellowships each year. The Foundation expects to award up to 40 mathematics fellowships each year.
These Fellowships provide salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary.
In addition, fellows in mathematics will receive up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave, and fellows in theoretical physics will receive up to $25,000 for expenses related to the leave.
The Simons Fellowship will fund up to 50 percent of the 2019–2020 academic year, where, for example, the full leave year period could be January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019; September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020; or January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. Fellowship funding must be contiguous to the university-supported portion of the leave.
Fellowships awards and sabbatical periods may begin no earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than January 1, 2020. The award and the sabbatical must finish no later than December 31, 2020.
A Simons Fellow must have a teaching or administrative tenured position at the same USA or Canadian college or university within the mathematics department for the Fellowship in Mathematics, or within the physics or a related department for the Fellowship in Theoretical Physics 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.
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. 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.
Please Note: Only those with tenured positions are eligible for the fellowship.
Geographic Focus: USA or Canadian citizenship is not required, but a grantee’s primary appointment must be at a USA or Canadian institution in order to be a Simons Fellow. It is allowable for a sabbatical location to be outside of the United States or Canada.
- Fellows in either the Mathematics or the Theoretical Physics categories cannot simultaneously hold a Simons Investigator award.
- Retired and emeriti faculty are not eligible.
- Salary Replacement Funding Restrictions: Salary replacement funding may not be used for summer salary (if salary is paid over nine months) or to increase the academic-year salary beyond the university rate. Please follow the university’s policy on costs associated with sabbaticals not supported by the university.
- Additional Funding Restrictions: Salaries for students or research associates will not be supported, but funds may be used to help transport members of the Fellow’s research group to the sabbatical location (if different from the home institution) and provide housing. Leave-related expenses may be incurred at any time during the award period; they are not restricted to the terms in which salary is provided by the foundation.
Application Deadline: September 27, 2018
Notification: December 31, 2018
Earliest Award Start Date: July 1, 2019
The grant is awarded to the Simons Fellow’s home institution.
Applications should be started and submitted under the applicant’s own account on proposalCENTRAL (pC). Please coordinate submission of the proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with institution policies.
Additionally, all applicants must work with their institutional officials to ensure their existing pC institutional account is up-to-date or to register their institution with pC. Please see the pC instructions for “How to Register your Institution with proposalCENTRAL (Grants and Contracts Officials Only)” at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/inforequest.asp.
Application Instructions: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-physical-sciences/general-instructions-for-application-submission/
Funding Policies and Procedures: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/policies-and-procedures/
RFA for Fellows in Mathematics Program: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-fellows-in-mathematics/?tab=rfa
RFA for Fellows in Theoretical Physics Program: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-fellows-in-theoretical-physics/?tab=rfa
FAQ for Fellows in Mathematics Program: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-fellows-in-mathematics/?tab=faq
FAQ for Fellows in Theoretical Physics Program: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-fellows-in-theoretical-physics/?tab=faq
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and apply online at: https://proposalcentral.altum.com/default.asp
Contact Information for ProposalCENTRAL:
Contact Information for Fellowships in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences:
Elizabeth Roy, Senior Program Manager
Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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