Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Simons Center for the Social Brain seeks applications for Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships from external candidates who expect to receive their PhD within one year, or candidates who have been at MIT for less than a year after their PhD degrees (i.e., they received the PhD on or after Feb 27, 2014), 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 who are fresh PhDs. 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, with the second year conditional upon satisfactory progress at the end of the first year.

How To Apply

Applicants must complete and submit a cover page and Fellowship application. Applications must include 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. The applicant should submit the cover page as well as a combined file including all other application components via email to

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 via email to

Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Document


Postdoctoral fellowship applications from candidates outside MIT will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. There is no deadline for these applications.
The next deadline for Fellowship applications from candidates who are already at MIT is Friday, February 27, 2015.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of expert reviewers. Funding decisions will be made by the steering committee of the SCSB.