BCS Fellows in Computation

BCS Fellows in Computation

At MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, we believe that a computational approach to the study of neuroscience and cognitive science is fundamental to the future growth of our field. To help foster this growth, we have developed the BCS Fellows in Computation. This two year program offers postdoctoral candidates the opportunity to explore the breadth of computationally related neuroscience and cognitive science research at the department.  Each Fellow is an independent researcher with the ability to follow his or her own research interests. We strongly encourage cross-laboratory collaboration.

Fellows will be provided with resources to carry out research in computation, including access to high-performance computing clusters. Opportunities will exist for fellows to gain teaching experience if they desire, but there is no requirement or expectation that they will teach. It is expected that Fellows will have obtained their PhD from outside of MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences department and that they will enter with strong prior quantitative training (e.g. in math, engineering, computer science, physics etc.).


Fellows will be provided with resources for two years and an optional third year:

  • stipend and MIT Affiliates Health Insurance Plan
  • office within the BCS Community
  • access to computational resources
  • research allowance than can be used for travel and minor equipment

2019-2020 Application Process

This year, BCS will select one to two scholars who exhibit exceptional promise and drive to join the program. Fellows will have minimal formal responsibilities and constraints, so they can devote their time to advancing our understanding of the brain and mind through theory and computation, and through collaborative efforts across BCS and MIT. Fellows participate in the rich interdisciplinary environment within BCS and across departments at MIT.

The selected scholars will receive two-year fellowships, with a possibility of extension to a third year, as well as a research allowance and access to high-performance computing resources. Salaries and benefits are competitive.

To be eligible, a candidate will have recently received a Ph.D. or be close to receiving a Ph.D. in a computationally-focused field by the start of the Fellowship term. Candidates must be nominated for Fellowships, usually by their research advisors or other distinguished scientists who are familiar with their work. A letter of nomination should include an assessment of the candidate's work and talents, as well as the names and email addresses of the candidate and two additional people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation by October 15, 2019. A CV for the candidate being nominiated should also be included.

Nomination letters (includuing candidate CV) should be e-mailed to: Kate White at kowhite@mit.edu 

The deadline for nomination is October 15, 2019. After the nomination, candidates may be invited to submit additional application materials.