SFI postdoctoral fellows are selected from around the world and across science for their intellectual curiosity, quantitative rigor, and multidisciplinary creativity.

At SFI they enjoy exceptional freedom to post new research questions, collaborate with top minds in our international research network, and prepare to become tomorrow’s scientific leadership. All SFI fellows participate in a unique training program designed to develop their scientific, communication, and leadership skills. Most go on to hold faculty positions at major universities and research institutions, where they serve as lifelong ambassadors for the philosophies and methodologies of complexity science.

The SFI Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship

Supported by Pierre and Pam Omidyar, this highly competitive fellowship sets the standard for multidisciplinary postdoctoral programs, encouraging fellows to develop and pursue their own research questions without boundaries or restrictions.

The ASU-SFI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Our joint program with Arizona State University, the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems, supports postdoctoral researchers who are asking solution-driven questions at the intersection of human society and the biological world.

The SFI Program Postdoctoral Fellows

Selected for their multidisciplinary backgrounds, program fellows collaborate with Institute faculty on research supported by such organizations as NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

The James S. McDonnell Foundation Fellows

SFI is the professional development hub for postdoctoral fellows of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, a matchup that provides Institute fellows opportunities to collaborate with peers in this elite international program.

About the Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship

Societies today face daunting challenges: population growth, rapid urbanization, ecological and environmental disturbances, and an unpredictable global marketplace.

To address these complex and interrelated problems, a new brand of science is needed, led by an emerging generation of scientists steeped in the study of interconnected systems and comfortable in the methods of many fields — from math, physics, and biology to the social sciences and the humanities. The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute offers a select group of 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 matter most for science and society. Postdoctoral researchers selected for the SFI Omidyar Fellowship spend up to three years in residence at SFI, where they contribute to the Institute’s research, advance the sciences of complexity, and prepare to become the leadership for tomorrow’s science.

Past SFI Postdoctoral Fellows