The Quantum Pontiff

Via the CCC Blog, an announcement concerning an NSF funded opportunity for new PhDs in Computer Science, CIFellows (

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), with funding from the National Science Foundation, are pleased to announce an opportunity for new PhD graduates in computer science and closely related fields to obtain one-to-two year positions at host organizations including universities, industrial research laboratories, and other organizations that advance the field of computing and its positive impact on society.

The Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project will fund as many as 60 such positions. Applications are due very soon: June 9, 2009. Awards are expected to be announced by July 10. Positions will commence in Autumn 2009.

Go to to apply to be a CIFellow.

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

Individuals who received their PhD from a U.S. institution between May 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009 in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Science, or a closely related field are eligible to apply. Applicants must obtain commitments from between one and three prospective hosts/mentors. Hosts/mentors must not be at the same institution as the one granting the PhD. The CIFellows website provides resources for both prospective applicants and host/mentors to announce their interests and availability.

– Ed Lazowska, Chair of the Computing Community Consortium Council
– Peter Lee, Incoming Chair of the Computing Research Association

Any new grads interested in some quantum computing theory in Seattle? Shoot me a buzz.

Update: More info for the motivation for the program at Peter Lee’s blog.


  1. #1 Ian Durham
    May 15, 2009

    See, now what I want to know is how one becomes a host institution for something like this.

  2. #2 Mekonnen
    May 27, 2009

    I am Mekonnen Adnew from Ethiopia, Africa. I got a chance to study my Phd on climate change at Leicester university but i faild to get fund. Please help me. Thank you.

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