The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), with funding from the National Science Foundation, are pleased to announce a new call for Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) for the 2010-11 academic year. The CIFellows Project is an opportunity for recent Ph.D. graduates in computer science and closely related fields to obtain one- to two-year postdoctoral positions at universities, industrial research laboratories, and other organizations that advance the field of computing and its positive impact on society. The goals of the CIFellows project are to retain new Ph.D.s in research and teaching and to support intellectual renewal and diversity in the computing fields at U.S. organizations.
Following up on a highly successful inaugural class in 2009-10, the Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project anticipates making around 40 new grants to recent Ph.D. graduates in computer science, computer engineering, information science, and closely related fields. Grants will provide funding for one year of work with a mentor at a host organization. Awardees (henceforth “CIFellows”) will be eligible to apply for a second year of funding to follow the first year.
As in the previous year, the project seeks to involve many organizations and sub-disciplines in order to encourage cross-flow and broad participation. In particular, it is anticipated that no more than two CIFellowships will be awarded to graduates of the same institution in 2010 and that no organization will host more than two CIFellows. It is expected that the project will involve at least 30 different organizations.
Each CIFellow must have a committed mentor at a host organization, identified as part of the application process. CIFellows may engage in research, teaching, and/or other activities, such as public policy work, that contribute to the advancement and vitality of computer science and allied disciplines.
A CIFellow must have completed (or be prepared to complete) all requirements for graduation from a U.S. Ph.D. program between May 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010. The Ph.D. must be in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but others will be considered.
We anticipate that awards will be for $75,000 salary for 12 months with approximately $25,000 for fringe benefits and a $15,000 allowance for moving, travel, and discretionary expenses. Host organizations will receive indirect costs at the 25% rate. The 12-month assignment must begin by November 1, 2010.
The CIFellows website can be found at http://cifellows.org. This website contains a number of resources including a FAQ, application materials and submission instructions, information for mentors, and an area for prospective mentors to indicate their interests.
A complete application comprises the following materials submitted by Sunday, May 23, 2010, 5 p.m. EDT:
The applicants must also, for each proposed mentor, compile and submit as part of the above application the following:
The CIFellows website provides a facility to help applicants identify mentors and to allow prospective mentors to express interest in mentoring a CIFellow: http://match.cifellows.org/. Postings are organized by sub-disciplinary categories and mentors may place short postings on this site under one or more of these categories. Mentors are encouraged to include their mentoring credentials and planned mentoring activities on this site along with contact information to allow prospective CIFellows to contact them. Applicants are not required to choose mentors from this website.
Once a prospective mentor has agreed to support an applicant’s candidacy, the mentor must provide the applicant with a one-page letter of support including the mentoring plan. In addition, the mentor must indicate that the mentor and the host organization are committed to hosting the CIFellow. This document comprises part of the candidate’s application materials (See “Proposal Content and Format” above)—and must be submitted by the prospective CIFellow.
Proposals will be evaluated by a broadly representative committee from industry and academia. Applications will be evaluated based on:
Since it is anticipated that at most two fellows will be selected from any institution and at most two CIFellows will be hosted by any organization, applicants are encouraged to identify up to three possible mentors at different organizations. If the application is successful, the award will be for work with a specific mentor. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.
Awards are expected to be announced by July 1, 2010.
2010-11 CIFellows applicants have been notified. If you are an applicant and have not received a notification please write to: contact [at] cifellows.org
Awards will be administered through the Sponsored Projects Offices at the host organizations. CIFellows and their mentors will be required to complete short reports near the end of each funded year.
For further information, please thoroughly review this website, including the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) linked below. Additional questions may be directed to email@example.com.
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