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Call for applications for 2010-11 Computing Innovation Fellows

April 27th, 2010 / in CIFellows / by Erwin Gianchandani

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), with anticipated 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 new Ph.D. graduates in computer science and closely related fields to obtain one- to two-year 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 during challenging economic times, and to support intellectual renewal and diversity in computing fields at U.S. organizations.

This call follows a highly successful inaugural class of CIFellows for the 2009-10 academic year, in which 60 Ph.D. graduates are completing outstanding research and teaching enrichment experiences.  Six of these 2009-10 CIFellows have already received faculty appointments in part as a result of their CIFellowships, and many others are continuing in the program for a second year.

The CIFellows Project seeks to fund around 40 new positions starting during the 2010-11 academic year.  Applications are due very soon:  5 p.m. EDT on May 23, 2010.  Awards are expected to be announced by July 1, 2010.  Positions will commence in the fall.

Applications will be received beginning May 3, 2010, at

Also:  Go to to advertise your interest in hosting a CIFellow at your organization.

Individuals who received (or will receive) Ph.D.s from U.S. institutions between May 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010 in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a closely related field are eligible to apply.  Applicants must obtain commitments—including mentoring plans—from between one and three prospective hosts/mentors.  Hosts/mentors cannot be at the same institution as the one granting the Ph.D.  The CIFellows website (linked above) provides resources for both prospective applicants and host/mentors to announce their interests and availability.

– Greg Andrews, Chair of the CIFellows Steering Committee
– Ed Lazowska, Chair of the Computing Community Consortium Council
– Eric Grimson, Chair of the Computing Research Association
– Erwin Gianchandani, Director of the Computing Community Consortium & the CIFellows Project

Call for applications for 2010-11 Computing Innovation Fellows