Fellowships for Simons Institute program on Cryptography

From Alistair Sinclair (Associate Director, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing):

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for the research program on Cryptography that will take place in Summer, 2015.  These Fellowships are open to outstanding junior scientists (at most 6 years from PhD by 1 May 2015).

Further details and application instructions can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows-summer2015.  General information about the Institute can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu, and about the Cryptography program at http://simons.berkeley.edu/programs/crypto2015.

Deadline for applications: 30 September, 2014.

Resumption of NSF Operations

See letter below from Farnam Jahanian about the resumption of operations at NSF.   In addition to the revised deadlines listed in his email, the new deadline for Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships is tomorrow, October 25.

From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam

Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:38 AM
Subject: Resumption of Operations at NSF – Update from CISE

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to resume normal operations, and look forward to working with the community in advancing our research and education mission.  NSF is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government through January 15, 2014.

In our efforts to resume our normal operations and to meet stringent deadlines on several programs, we are working to establish priorities and create guidance for all activities. It is our priority to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards.

Important information regarding the resumption of operations at NSF is posted on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp.

This site currently includes an important notice issued by Acting NSF Director Cora B. Marrett, a FastLane Advisory, FAQs on revised proposal due dates, and the revised proposal due date listing.

A few important items to note:

  • NSF systems, including FastLane, are up and operational.
  • NSF has revised proposal due dates for funding opportunities with dates between October 1 – 25, 2013. For the complete listing of revised proposal due dates, please visit NSF’s Resumption of Operations website.  Changes to CISE program due dates include:
  • The Smart and Connected Health Exploratory (EXP) proposals for this year are now due November 6, 2013.
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science are due on November 6, 2013.
  • Proposals for Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS: JUNO) Japan-US Network Opportunity: R&D for “Beyond Trillions of Objects” are due November 6, 2013.
  • The Secure and Trustworthy Computing MEDIUM project proposals are now due November 1- 12, 2013.
  • The CISE Core Programs MEDIUM project proposals are due November 1- 12, 2013 for each division (Computing and Communication Foundations, CCF; Computer and Network Systems, CNS; and Information and Intelligent Systems, IIS).
  • Project reports that became overdue during the shutdown should be submitted via Research.gov as soon as possible.
  • All panels that were canceled due to the shutdown will be rescheduled to a later date by the cognizant Program Officer.
  • Continuing Grant Increments (CGIs) that could not be processed during the shutdown are being issued by NSF as early as practicable.

NSF will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.  Please direct questions regarding specific funding opportunities to the cognizant NSF program officer(s) identified in the funding opportunity.  General shutdown questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

Thank you for your support as we recover from the funding lapse.  We are fully committed to restoring normal operations as quickly as possible.



Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900

email: fjahania@nsf.gov

web: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/about.jsp


Simons Institute Fellowships

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley invites applications for Research Fellowships for academic year 2014-15.

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships are an opportunity for outstanding junior scientists (up to 6 years from PhD by Fall 2014) to spend one or two semesters at the Institute in connection with one or more of its programs.  The programs for 2014-15 are as follows:

* Algorithmic Spectral Graph Theory (Fall 2014)
* Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry (Fall 2014)
* Information Theory (Spring 2015)

Applicants who already hold junior faculty or postdoctoral positions are welcome to apply. In particular, applicants who hold, or expect to hold, postdoctoral appointments at other institutions are encouraged to apply to spend one semester as a Simons-Berkeley Fellow subject to the approval of the postdoctoral institution.

Further details and application instructions can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows2014.  Information about the Institute and the above programs can be found at http://simons.berkeley.edu.

Deadline for applications: 15 December, 2013.

Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowships

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley is currently accepting applications for research fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year, during which time the institute will have programs on  “Real Analysis in Computer Science,” “Theoretical Foundations of Big Data Analysis,”  “Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing,” and “Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity.”

These positions are for postdocs and junior researchers, including those who will have a position elsewhere and want to spend a semester at the institute to participate in one of the programs.  Note that the deadline is very soon – January 15.    

[On the topic of postdocs, the CATCS encourages researchers in the community to explore the possibility of hiring postdocs using grants or other sources of funding this year.  With the ending of the CI Fellows program and the previous Simons Foundation postdoctoral program, hosts who can provide funding may have a greater opportunity to recruit excellent candidates.]


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