New Deadline: October 8, 2018
The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) is pleased to announce the latest Software Fellowship competition and the first competition for the 2019 awards. These prestigious fellowships 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. Fellows will receive specialized training in state-of-the-art software design principles and tools, and they will engage in outreach and educational efforts organized by the MolSSI. Each Fellow will be assigned a mentor among the Institute’s Software Scientists, who will 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, members of the MolSSI Board of Directors, members of the Science and Software Advisory Board, and other visitors.
The MolSSI offers two types of Software Fellowships for which both graduate students and postdoctoral associates are eligible:
“Seed” Fellowships: These six 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.
“Investment” Fellowships: These 18-month Fellowships support software development efforts that will have a broader impact on the community and last for longer. These Fellowships provide longer term collaboration with the MolSSI scientists, who have a broad range of domain knowledge, applied mathematics, HPC and computer science backgrounds.
Note: The first MolSSI Investment Fellowship competition will not be held until spring 2019. Only Seed Fellowships will be awarded in the current competition, and one need not hold a Seed Fellowship to be eligible for an Investment Fellowship.
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The MolSSI Software Fellowships will include a number of benefits:
Graduate Student Fellowships:
Note that MolSSI Fellowships are paid from NSF Participant Support funds. The only allowable expense categories are stipend, tuition and fees; F&A (indirect costs) and health insurance costs are not allowed.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
The MolSSI Software Fellowship program is presently limited to graduate students and postdoctoral associates at accredited U.S. academic institutions. 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.
A complete MolSSI Software Fellowship Application must include:
To receive full consideration for a Software Fellowship, all application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted by October 8, 2018.