MSRI, soon to be SLMath

Fellowship ID: MSRI-COMA_PD [#20859]
Fellowship Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Fellowship Type: Postdoctoral
Fellowship Location: Berkeley, California 94720-5070, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Commutative Algebra
Application Deadline: 2022/12/02 10:00AMhelp popup* (posted 2022/10/01, updated 2022/09/27, listed until 2022/12/02)
Fellowship Description:   URMs  

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MSRI will award 6 to 8 semester-long postdoctoral fellowships in its program in Commutative Algebra, which will be held January 16, 2023 to May 24, 2024.

The fellowship stipend is currently $6,800 per month, with a travel subsidy for one round-trip from your current institution to the Bay Area, and a research travel budget of $600 for one semester. Health, dental and vision insurance is also provided. Postdoctoral fellows cannot receive any other monetary compensation during their PD fellowship at MSRI.

In addition, MSRI's postdoctoral program has some endowed fellowships.  There is no need to apply separately for these positions, which carry a monthly stipend of $8,000 per month.  Awards will be made competitively, from nominees submitted by the organizing committee of the program.


Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. at the time of their proposed residency. The Ph.D. must have been awarded on or after August 31, 2018. MSRI requires Postdoctoral Fellows to be in residence for the duration of the program.


MSRI/SLMath is employing a new, experimental application procedure for these positions. This will require some unconventional materials, including some that we ask you to make anonymous. This may require additional time from you, compared to other postdoctoral applications, and we appreciate your efforts. Please be sure to carefully review the requested application materials below and address the prompts responsively so that your application receives full consideration. 

A - Required Anonymous Materials:

Please prepare a single PDF with responses to the following two prompts.  We ask that you do not include any identifying information, such as your name, your educational institution, the names of journals where your papers have been submitted or published, or the names of your advisors or collaborators.

1) Your Work. Discuss 1-2 solo or co-authored paper(s)/thesis/results in which you played a major role in the last five years. Write up to one page about the main ideas, including your role in the work.  Describe how this work fits into the larger context of your field.  

Note: This should be broadly readable by mathematicians interested in the program topic.  Do not include any names or bibliographic identification of the paper(s)/thesis/results.

2) Personal Statement. Write a brief (at most one page) personal statement which discusses:

1) why you are interested in the particular MSRI/SLMath program,

2) ways that you have engaged in building community in mathematics,

Note: Ways to engage in community building include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) seminars that you founded or actively participated in; (b) mentoring activities that you have benefited from as a mentor or a mentee; (c) ways that you have sought out collaborations; (d) your activities that are aimed at broadening participation in mathematics; (e) broad thoughts about inclusivity in mathematics.

Note: If you wish to share additional information, such as obstacles you may have overcome to reach this stage of your career, you are welcome to do so.

B - Standard Required Materials

1) CV
2) List of publications
3) Three letters of reference (provided by reference writers)

Deadline: Applications must be complete, including three letters of reference, by December 1, 2022.


Junior researchers who will be in their second or third year of an NSF postdoctoral fellowships are not eligible to apply for an MSRI postdoctoral fellowship. Such researchers are welcome to apply for a regular research membership, specifying that they are an NSF postdoctoral Fellow.

Simultaneous NSF Postdoc applicant: For junior researchers who are simultaneously applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at the NSF and at MSRI, the following rules apply:  

  • The NSF application must include MSRI as a possible site for research 
  • As part of the NSF application, the proposed mentor must describe in his/her letter of support why and how being at MSRI for the duration of the program would be beneficial to the postdoctoral fellow 
  • The MSRI application must mention the separate application to the NSF


Commutative Algebra, Member Application

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the fellowship description.

Further Info:
(510) 643-6040
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute/Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute
17 Gauss Way
Berkeley CA 94720-5070