The Flatiron Institute is now accepting applications for the IDEA Scholar program. The goal of this program is to invite distinguished scientists with a particular interest in increasing diversity and improving equity and inclusion in the sciences for extended visits at the Flatiron Institute. We regard diversity as having many dimensions with complex intersectionalities, including but not limited to gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race, faith, ethnicity and cultural heritage, disability, neurodiversity, and socio-economic background.
IDEA Scholars may engage in a variety of activities while in residence, such as working on scientific projects, starting new scientific collaborations, mentoring junior scientists, interacting with Flatiron scientific staff, giving talks and seminars, and organizing or participating in workshops and career development events. Scholars will propose activities that they wish to lead or to participate in during their residency. Although the scholars' own scientific activities are likely to be anchored within one of the centers, some activities might be Flatiron-wide. Additional financial and administrative support can be requested to support activities such as workshops. A committee will review, follow up and make a selection on submitted proposals.
Program Requirements and Funding Level: IDEA Scholars will spend four weeks at the Flatiron Institute (longer visits may be possible with prior approval). They may come for one long visit or multiple visits of at least one week each, spread over a period of up to two years. Travel and local expenses will be covered. A fixed supplement to support caregiving responsibilities can be requested. Approximately 6 visitors per year will be selected across the Flatiron Institute.
Eligibility: IDEA Scholars must hold the rank of at least assistant professor, or the equivalent, in a scientific discipline, though they need not be computational scientists. Applicants should describe how they will interact with members and staff of the Flatiron Institute and how they will work to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion during their residency.
Required Application Materials: Review of the following materials will begin on October 15, 2020. Decisions for visits for the June 2021-May 2022 period will be made on or around November 15, 2020.
- Completed Application Form
- Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages) and publication list
- Proposal: a statement of up to 2 pages on how the applicant would work towards improving diversity, equity and inclusion at the Flatiron Institute, including a description of proposed activities that the applicant would organize or participate in. The proposal should also discuss potential areas for scientific collaboration, and should specify which centers and staff members the applicant is interested in interacting with at FI.
- Names and contact information for three references
For more information, please see https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/idea_scholar_program/.
Please apply and submit all materials through the web portal at https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/idea_scholar_program_application/.