The Simons Center for the Social Brain seeks applications for Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships from candidates with PhD or MD degrees who aim to conduct autism-related research at MIT. These prestigious fellowships are open to candidates nationwide. They are designed to enhance and showcase autism research at MIT and are awarded to candidates with truly excellent scientific accomplishments, who propose innovative research bridging at least two different labs. While the fellowships are open to candidates currently at MIT, the Simons Center aims to attract outstanding external candidates. MIT faculty members are encouraged to bring these fellowships to the attention of exceptional candidates who wish to come to MIT for postdoctoral training as Simons Fellows.
Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a competitive stipend plus an allowance for health insurance, travel and research-related expenses. The fellowships are awarded for 2 years, conditional upon satisfactory progress at the end of the first year.
How To Apply
Applicants must complete and submit a Fellowship form (download below). Please refer to page two of the form for detailed instructions. Applicants must provide a completed cover page, NIH-format CV, training proposal (maximum 4 pages) including: training goals, project summary, specific aims, background, preliminary data if any, and experimental design and methods. The primary advisor must provide a statement containing a mentoring plan, and a CV in the NIH format. Applicants already at MIT must also provide a statement from a secondary advisor commenting on the candidate and the project. Applicants not currently at MIT do not need to submit a secondary advisor statement. Awardees will select a secondary advisor during the first six months of their award.
All applicant and advisor materials are to be combined into a single PDF for submission by the applicant. In addition, applicants must request three letters of recommendation. At least two letters should be from respondents with whom the candidate has worked directly, or who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that these letters are submitted directly by respondents. All application materials should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship applications from candidates who are not currently at MIT are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The next deadline for Fellowship applications from candidates who are already at MIT is February 28, 2014.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of expert reviewers. Funding decisions will be made by the steering committee of the SCSB.