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Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship

Opportunity NamePivot Fellowship
AgencySimons Foundation
ValueOne-year salary support + $10,000
Indirect CostsEligible at 20%
Duration1 year
Application due to FSc RO at for full review05-01-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-08-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review05-11-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 05-15-2023, by 12:00PM

To support researchers who have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, and a deep interest, curiosity and drive to make contributions to a new discipline. The fellowship will enable today’s brightest minds to apply their talent and expertise to a new field and will consist of one training year where the fellow will be embedded in a lab of a mentor to learn the new discipline and its culture.

Fellows will receive support for one year of training in their new field under a mentor, followed by the opportunity to apply for up to three years of research funding in the new discipline. Successful applicants will have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, and a deep interest, curiosity and drive to contribute to a new discipline.

The program is open to faculty in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, data science and computer science at academic institutions or equivalent positions elsewhere.

  • Fellows and mentors must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree in the natural sciences (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, neuroscience and physics), engineering, mathematics, data Science or computer science — and all sub-disciplines therein — and be faculty at an academic institution or hold an equivalent position.
  • Fellows must demonstrate that the fellowship will take place in a new discipline, distinct from their current field of study, within astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, neuroscience, physics or mathematics — and all sub-disciplines therein.
  • In order to receive the fellowship, fellows must be approved by their institution for a full year of leave.
  • Fellows must not hold any other fellowship that will provide them with salary support during the training year of the Pivot Fellowship.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at