Fellowship Program

The Fellowship program is dedicated to creating an environment in which the next generation of outstanding researchers in cosmology can develop and thrive as scientists, and more broadly, as scholars and educators. The Fellows MA offers early-career scientists unusual freedom and independence to pursue their research yet provides the structure and stimulation of the interdisciplinary environment of the PFC and KICP. Fellows are encouraged to follow research paths of their own choosing, while a mentoring program helps track their progress and provides them with guidance as they take advantage of these broad opportunities. Fellows are free to work with more than one faculty member, and with other Fellows and students, and on more than one research project. Fellows are also free to collaborate with groups outside of the PFC and outside the University.

In addition to working on their chosen research activities, Fellows play a variety of important roles at the KICP. Fellows organize the Friday Seminar series, the weekly journal club, "Thunch," and the quarterly Postdocs Symposia. Fellows serve on KICP committees and are encouraged to organize topical workshops through the PFC's Conferences, Workshops, and Visitors (CWV) MA.

While the primary activity of the Fellows is to carry out cutting-edge science and develop the tools to become successful researchers, their training is enhanced by participation in Education, Outreach, and Diversity MA. The Center provides a rich variety of education and outreach activities for Fellows to participate in. The Center provides a range of coordinated, meaningful outreach possibilities for Fellows to choose from with levels of commitment ranging from an evening lecture to more extended programs.

In an effort to better understand all aspects of the KICP's Fellows program, the KICP recently commissioned a formal evaluation of the program by the firm Rockman et al. Overall, the evaluation found the program to be highly successful and provided concrete suggestions for additional improvements. Read the full report here.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Applications website.

Current Fellows
Camille Avestruz
Ph.D., Yale University, 2015
Ritoban Basu Thakur
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
Chihway Chang
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2013
Nicole Larsen
Ph.D., Yale University, 2016
Daniel M. Scolnic
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2013
Christopher Tunnell
Ph.D., University of Oxford, England, 2013

Former Fellows
 Peter Adshead
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Oscar Agertz
Senior Research Fellow (forskare) at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University
 Douglas E. Applegate
 Keith Bechtol
John Bahcall Fellow
Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center
 Alvaro Chavarria
Associate Fellow
University of Chicago
 Eric Dahl
Assistant Professor
Northwestern University, Physics and Astronomy
 Silvia Galli
CNRS Researcher
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
 Jason Henning Elise Jennings
Research associate
Fermi National Laboratory
 Austin Joyce
Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University
 Tongyan Lin
Postdoctoral scholar
LBNL theory group
 Tim Linden
CCAPP postdoctoral fellow
Ohio State University
 Andrew J. Long Andrew McCann
Post-doctoral fellow
McGill Space Instiute
 Surhud More
Project Assistant Professor
Kavli IPMU, Japan
 Reinabelle Reyes
Ateneo De Manila University, School of Science and Engineering
 Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil
LAL, Universite Paris-Sud
 Eduardo Rozo
Assistant Professor
University of Arizona,
Department of Physics
 Keren Sharon
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, Astronomy Department
 Christopher D. Sheehy
Goldhaber Fellow,
Brookhaven National Lab
Physics Department
 Ali Vanderveld
Data Scientist / Astrophysicist