Omidyar Fellowships in Quantitative Studies at Santa Fe Institute

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is unique among postdoctoral appointments. It offers early-career scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that underlie science and society.

The Omidyar Fellowship at SFI offers you

  • transdisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers worldwide
  • up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • discretionary research and collaboration funds
  • competitive salary and generous benefits
  • a structured leadership training program
  • unparalleled intellectual freedom

The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical (SFI does not have lab facilities) and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI has 14 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and averages 250 visitors per year.

As thought leaders who shape the future of science, Omidyar Fellows participate in a unique training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond.  The program focuses on sustained mentoring relationships with SFI resident and external faculty, skill development workshops, off-campus research and teaching experiences, and a variety of scholarly leadership and science management opportunities at SFI.


  • a Ph.D. in any quantitative discipline (within 6 years of the application deadline or by September 2017)
  • strong computational and quantitative skills
  • an exemplary academic record
  • a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • a demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research
  • evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms

Applications are welcome from

  • candidates from any country
  • candidates from any quantitative discipline
  • women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply
Application date
30 Oct 2016
Up to 3 years
America United States South West
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 6 years