The MolSSI Fellowship Program


The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) has established its importance to the computational molecular sciences community through its Software Fellowship program, which has supported nearly 100 graduate students and postdocs in universities across the U.S. Our Fellows represent all domains of the computational molecular sciences, and many have already gone on to positions in academia, national laboratories, and industry. The Fellows program has enabled new science and broader impacts not only through the improved training and education of the next generation of computational molecular scientists, but also through its support and enhancement of the Fellows’ individual research projects, which have led to dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts and open-source software tools.

The MolSSI continues to fund prestigious software fellowships that recognize advanced graduate students and postdocs pursuing the development of software infrastructure, middleware, and frameworks that will benefit the broader field of computational molecular sciences, including biomolecular and macromolecular simulation, quantum chemistry, and materials science. MolSSI Software Fellows receive specialized training in state-of-the-art software design principles and tools, and they engage in outreach and educational efforts organized by the MolSSI.  Each Fellow is assigned a mentor among the Institute’s Software Scientists, who oversee their software development efforts and training.  In addition, Fellows are encouraged to spend a minimum of one week each year at the Institute headquarters at Virginia Tech to interact with the Software Scientists and other MolSSI staff and visitors.

During its second phase (Years 6-10), the MolSSI will be funding year-long Fellowships (starting July 1) for which both graduate students and postdoctoral associates are eligible.  These 12-month Fellowships will give recipients the opportunity to work with scientists at the MolSSI in order to implement recommended best practices, putting the Fellow’s project on a firm foundation, as well as conduct a targeted research project under the guidance of one or more of MolSSI’s Software Scientists.

The MolSSI Software Fellowship competition will be held annually, with the application window open from February 15 to April 1.

NOTE:  The next fellowship competition will open on 15 February 2022 for year-long fellowships beginning 1 July 2022; we will be announcing the next Fellowship competition via email and Twitter in early 2022.

Graduate Student Fellowships:

  • A generous stipend of up to $40k over the 12-month fellowship period (plus tuition and required fees);
  • Travel allowances sufficient to fully cover visits to the MolSSI headquarters, as well as participation in MolSSI workshops or summer schools;
  • Access to MolSSI computational resources, including NSF supercomputers, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Computing facilities, and advanced experimental hardware provided by the Institute’s industrial partners.

Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • A generous stipend of up to $50k over the 12-month fellowship period;
  • Travel allowances sufficient to fully cover visits to the MolSSI headquarters, as well as participation in MolSSI workshops or summer schools;
  • Access to MolSSI computational resources, including NSF supercomputers, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Computing facilities, and advanced experimental hardware provided by the Institute’s industrial partners.

The MolSSI Software Fellowship competition will be held annually, with the application window open from February 15 to April 1.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: The MolSSI Software Fellowship program is presently limited to graduate students and postdoctoral associates at accredited U.S. academic institutions, but you need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Graduate student Fellows are expected to be enrolled full time at their home university, and postdocs must be fully employed or have an offer of full employment prior to acceptance of the award. The MolSSI Software Fellowships are an equal opportunity program open to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, religion, age, physical disability, or national origin. Awardees may accept other concurrent awards that do not require a significant time or service commitment.

MolSSI Software Fellows will be selected by the MolSSI Science and Software Advisory Board based on (1) the quality of the applicant’s software research proposal and its relevance to the Institute’s goals; (2) the applicant’s research productivity, including previous software-development efforts; (3) previous academic performance; and (4) external references.

Note: All MolSSI Software Fellowships are subject to continued NSF support.

Application Requirements:  A complete MolSSI Software Fellowship Application must include:

  • Project proposal (maximum of two pages);
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Undergraduate transcripts (graduate applicants only); graduate transcripts (all applicants);
  • Examples of previous software development products (e.g. source-code repositories);
  • Two letters of support, one of which must come from the applicant’s current research adviser.

Additional Requirements: All software, documentation, and other resources developed by the Fellow under the auspices and guidance of the MolSSI will be made freely available to the computational molecular sciences community under an open-source license approved by the Institute’s Board of Directors.

Clink on the link to find the current software fellows and software fellows alumni information.

Inquiries to: fellowships@molssi.org