Elings Prize Fellowships in Science

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for the Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in nanoscience. Eligible research can be in any area of the physical sciences, biology, or engineering. The fellowships provide a salary of $65,000/yr. for two years, along with benefits and research funds.

Successful applicants will work with, and receive partial support from CNSI faculty; applications must be coordinated with the relevant faculty supervisor(s). Fellowship recipients must have completed a Ph.D. in science or engineering prior to their arrival at CNSI.


All applicants must be potential postdoctoral researchers who intend to perform their research at UCSB under the direction of a CNSI faculty member. Current UCSB graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are not eligible to participate in this competition. Additionally, applicants must have received their PhDs after June 30, 2020 to qualify for the program.

Graduate Students who will have obtained their PhDs prior to Winter 2021 are encouraged to apply for the current competition.We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can contribute to and promote the diversity of the academic community at UC Santa Barbara.

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications are due by December 1, 2021. 

Applications may be submitted after November 5, 2021; Only applications submitted online will be considered in the application review process. All application materials including letters of recommendation and research plans are due by the published application deadline. A letter of recommendation may be submitted by the proposed advisor.

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing the applicant's background, indicating the area of proposed research, and listing the group(s) with which the research will be pursued.
  2. A complete curriculum vitae of the applicant's educational and professional experience, listing all publications, and summarizing the applicant’s contributions to teaching, mentorship and service.
  3. A one-page research summary, to be completed in coordination with the proposed faculty advisor.  References may be included on a separate page and do not count toward the one-page research summary limit.
  4. A one-page statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, core values of the California NanoSystems Institute and UC Santa Barbara. This statement should address past and/or planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, outreach, and/or service, and may highlight the applicant’s personal history, for example, in overcoming barriers such as economic, social or educational disadvantage to achieve significant academic success.
  5. A one-page mentoring plan to be submitted directly by the proposed faculty mentor to describe the training environment as well as plans for professional development (e.g. in research, ethics, teaching, service, and promotion of diversity and equal opportunity.)
  6. Three supporting letters of recommendation, one must prepared by your proposed UCSB advisor(s), to be submitted directly by the recommenders.  Letters of recommendation will only be accepted online.  Each recommender listed on an application will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation.

Email inquiries can be sent to: elingsfellowships@cnsi.ucsb.edu.


Applicants must indicate in their cover letter the group(s) with whom they would be interested in working; prior contact with potential advisors is mandatory. An alphabetical list of the faculty may be found on the CNSI Faculty page. Collaborative research projects are highly encouraged.