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Sabbatical Fellowships


At a Glance


NIMBioS supports several Sabbatical Fellows each year. These individuals come to NIMBioS for a few months to a year with the length of stay determined by the objectives of the proposed project. The Center supports approximately four Fellows/year, but also offers opportunities for shorter-term visits for a larger number of visitors. Fellows may propose to include a mixture of Working Group, Investigative Workshop and outreach activities as part of their effort while in residence, and we encourage applicants to suggest creative ways to expand their expertise while in residence. Fellows are expected to be in residence at NIMBioS in Knoxville and interact with other NIMBioS resident and visiting researchers. Confirmation of the Fellow's sabbatical arrangements with his or her home institution will occur after applicants are selected.

NIMBioS Sabbatical Fellows are chosen based upon indications that the applicant's research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. Fellows are also supported in order to enhance the diversity of the cadre of researchers who are able to effectively address research at the interface between math and biology, and thus a successful applicant will include a plan that indicates how NIMBioS will expand their abilities in this regard. The research questions to be addressed by a Fellow may be either fundamental, applied or both, and may be focused around a particular biological topic, or one from mathematics that is driven by biological insight. We are particularly interested in research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches. In addition to the research responsibilities associated with the proposed project, each Fellow will be expected to collaborate in teams with Postdoctoral Fellows in residence, faculty, staff and graduate students. Development of new experimental or observational data is outside the scope of activities for NIMBioS Sabbatical Fellows.

A goal of NIMBioS is to enhance the cadre of researchers capable of interdisciplinary efforts across mathematics and biology. As part of this goal, NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. Questions regarding diversity issues should be directed to Dr. Ernest Brothers, the NIMBioS Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement ( You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page. The NIMBioS building is fully handicapped accessible.