If science as we know it is a collection of disciplines such as chemistry, molecular biology, oceanography, computer science, physics, genetics or neuroscience, to name just a few, new directions in science are created in the spaces between these established disciplines. These interstitial or "white" spaces are the new territories waiting to be explored.
To be chosen as a fellow an individual must be engaged in original scientific research that falls somewhere in the white space between disciplines. We expect to focus primarily on research in the life, physical, and engineering sciences, but unique, potentially game-changing work in the social sciences may be considered. fellows must be at least 18 years old and they may live and work anywhere in the world.
No! It’s worldwide and open to researchers at any stage in their careers.
No. But you must be at least 18 years of age to be considered.
MIT cannot sponsor visas for fellows. If you wish to work in the US, you must already be eligible to work or study here.
The MIT Media Lab is organizing and managing the selection process as well as administering fellowship activities, networking, and follow-up. The John R. Templeton Foundation provided initial support for the planning and the development of the fellowship. Award funds are being generously provided by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock.
Fellowship funds are intended to be used to support a combination of salary/stipend and supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the fellow’s proposed work. We will ask fellowship finalists to present a brief summary of how they intend to spend the funds over a 12 to 24-month period. We will also ask fellows to update us on their work over the course of the fellowship period.
Fellows may do their work wherever they wish. Upon selection, they may stay in their current situation, or they will be matched to a laboratory in the US or abroad if their work requires a laboratory setting.
The fellowship staff at the Media Lab will help fellows find a suitable institution or laboratory in which to do their work.
The selection committee will be looking at a candidate’s work to date and indications of what exploration is forthcoming. While the selection of a candidate who is starting entirely from scratch is not out of the question, it is less likely than the selection of a candidate with some form of research track record.
No. You must be nominated by someone other than yourself.
No. We would prefer that nominators not tell candidates that they are being nominated.
No. All nominators will remain anonymous.
Fellows will be chosen by a six-person selection committee headed by MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito. The committee members represent a range of scientific research, different types of organizations, and geographical locations in the US and abroad. Names of selection committee members will not be made public.
This fellowship is an experiment. Continuation of the program beyond the first year is still under consideration at this time.
Cynthia Greenleaf at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is the project director for the fellowship.