MICDE Research Scholars Program

Join this MICDE program to shape the future in which computations are a generator of knowledge and provide direct solutions to grand challenges facing science and society.

This program is designed for research scholars with two objectives in mind:

  1. Enable breakthroughs and expand the frontiers of computational science, AI, and HPC via strategic research initiatives led by MICDE faculty members

  2. Provide research scholars with career development opportunities. Towards this end, this program will provide active mentoring to research scholars in two tracks: i) placement in faculty positions and ii) placement in national laboratories

Application deadline: April 5th

A unique feature of this program is that research scholars will work on new initiatives as a cohort with other research fellows and their mentors rather than the traditional mode of working on one-off projects with individual faculty members.

Mentorship is a cornerstone of this program. We believe in cultivating a supportive, collaborative environment where knowledge is shared, and ideas are challenged and refined. Our faculty are committed to providing guidance and working alongside a diverse set of postdoctoral fellows to achieve research goals.

We invite you to be a part of this exciting venture. Whether you are a faculty member with a vision or a postdoctoral candidate ready to push the boundaries of computational science, AI, and HPC, the MICDE Research Scholar Program will be a platform for innovation and excellence.

Potential research scholar applicants will submit their applications directly to MICDE. Application materials and requirements are detailed below.

MICDE Initiatives
  • Algorithm/software/hardware co-design for complex multi-physics applications
  • Multi-fidelity and Reduced Order Modeling for complex multi-physics applications
  • Scientific Foundation models and Physics-informed Artificial intelligence

Along these lines, we encourage faculty to propose their vision for new initiatives with a statement of potential impact on science, by sending us an email to: micde-research@umich.edu

    We are looking for up to 6 research fellows. Under this program, MICDE will cover 50% of the stipend of the research scholar and $5,000/year of travel and research expenses. The remaining costs will be covered by faculty mentors. The minimum duration of the program is two years. Experienced candidates will be considered for a research scientist position.

    Application Process

    Submission Guidelines

    Application deadline is April 5, 2024.

    Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with a strong support by the potential mentor.


    Applicants should hold a PhD or obtain a PhD within three months of the application deadline in a field relevant to the proposed research.

    Potential Mentors

    Applicants do not have to identify potential mentors. However, we do encourage applicants with a preference for potential mentors to include that information in their application. This will help narrow down applicant-mentor pairing.

    Step 1: Applicant should submit:

    • Research proposal (up to two pages) describing the planned research, ideas, and insights. Working with potential mentors on the proposal is encouraged. The proposal can be quite technical in its exposition as it will be reviewed by experts in relevant fields
    • Names and contact information of two or three references
    • 2-page curriculum Vitae (CV) with a separate publication list

      A MICDE committee will review the applications, and generate a shortlist, after which it will begin the process of identifying mentors. Once an application is shortlisted by the review committee, a conversation will be initiated between MICDE, the potential mentor and the candidate to identify a statement of research and the funding and mentoring path.

      Step 2: The potential mentors will submit:

      • 1-page training/career plan that includes how the applicant will be integrated into UM, about mentoring activities to enable the applicant to be competitive for research positions after finishing the program
      • 1-page letter that speaks about the applicant’s qualifications and the potential impact of the proposed research

      Application Review

      Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

        • Proposed research relevance to advancing computational science and engineering
        • Proposed research advancement of the MICDE’s strategic initiatives (see above)
        • Recommendations from references and mentors
        • Publication record, recognition within the field, and any noteworthy accomplishments
        • Coherent plan to utilize the U-M resources and network for career advancement

      Mark your calendar for the MICDE SciFM 2024 Conference on April 2nd & 3rd, 2024!