Sage Junior Research Fellowships

Call for Applications, 2018-19

The SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind invites highly-motivated applicants for the SAGE Junior Fellows Program. This unique fellowship supports the intellectual development of early-career UCSB postdoctoral scholars across the University. Fellows will form a group bound by a common pursuit: to understand the mind and brain through a variety of complementary disciplines.


The program is designed to provide supplementary support to current UCSB postdoctoral scholars who are early in their academic career (within 5 years of their PhD). We seek scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, ecology, engineering, history, linguistics, literature, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy & religious studies.

Junior Fellows will be selected based on excellence and originality in their scholarship and potential to advance knowledge in their field. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in cross-disciplinary pursuits, who think “outside the box,” and have an ability to communicate their work creatively to a broad audience.


Up to 5 Junior Fellows will be selected in the inaugural year of the program. Fellows will form a close community through luncheons, meetings with SAGE visiting scholars and speakers, and quarterly presentations of their scholarship. Fellows will each receive a $10,000 credit which can be used to: support novel or high-risk scholarly pursuits or collaborations; organize an interdisciplinary symposium/workshop on a topic of the mind/brain; develop a series of public events; or enable an undertaking of the Fellow’s choice. The fellowship is not designed to cover Fellows’ salary. Fellowships are awarded on a 1-year basis, with the possibility to extend to 2 years based on achievement demonstrated in Year 1.


  • C.V. (2-page limit)
  • Personal Statement (1-page limit)
  • Statement of Interest describing the current research of the applicant in non-technical terms understandable by Scholars from a range of disciplines (800-word limit)
  • Endorsement of the official supervisor (1-page limit)

Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf to John Hajda, Associate Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at


  • Application due: September 1, 2018
  • Finalists notified: September 15, 2018
  • Fellows notified: September  25, 2018


On behalf of:

Michael Gazzaniga
Director, SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind

Bridget N. Queenan
Associate Director, UCSB Brain Initiative

Emily G. Jacobs and Matthieu Louis
Co-Directors, SAGE Junior Fellows Program

With generous support from Hearst Foundations

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