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Simons Fellows Program

Fellowships to USA and Canada College Math and Physics
Faculty Members to Extend Half-Year Sabbaticals

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Simons Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/26/19 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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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. Awards are based on the applicants' previous five-year accomplishments, as well as the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.

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.

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 additional funding 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).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174439

Number of Grants:

The foundation expects to award up to 40 mathematics fellowships each year. The foundation expects to award up to eight theoretical physics fellowships for 2020.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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 Fellow’s home institution will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses.

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. The Fellow’s home institution will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Please note that the foundation’s indirect cost policy allows up to 20 percent of direct cost expenditures.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is restricted to sabbatical or equivalent leave-eligible faculty who wish to use the 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 Simons 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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

Application Deadline: September 26, 2019, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT
Notification: December 31, 2019
Earliest Award Start Date: January 1, 2020

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.

Information on the Fellows in Mathematics Program: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-fellows-in-mathematics/?tab=rfa

Information on the Fellows in Theoretical Physics Program: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-fellows-in-theoretical-physics/?tab=rfa

General Application Instructions: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-physical-sciences/general-instructions-for-application-submission/

Contact Information:

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:

Email: pcsupport@altum.com
Phone: 800-875-2562

Contact Information for Fellowships in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences:

Elizabeth Roy, Senior Program Manager
Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Phone: 212-524-6966
Email: eroy@simonsfoundation.org

General Email: mps@simonsfoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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