Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27, 2022 – The next fellowship will take place in Spring 2023

D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) uses advanced computational technologies to understand the behavior of biologically and pharmaceutically significant molecules at an atomic level of detail, and to design precisely targeted, highly selective drugs for the treatment of various diseases. Among its core technologies is a proprietary special-purpose supercomputer that it designed and constructed to perform molecular dynamics simulations more than 100 times faster than the world's fastest general-purpose supercomputers. DESRES uses these machines, together with machine learning methods and other computational techniques, in both internal and collaborative drug discovery programs. For more information about the group, please visit

The D. E. Shaw Research Graduate and Postdoc Women’s Fellowship is a two-day event for graduate students and postdocs applying computation, machine learning, or theoretical approaches to chemistry, biophysics, drug discovery, or related fields, who self-identify as women. This is an opportunity for women working in these fields to learn more about the research projects at D. E. Shaw Research, discuss their work with our interdisciplinary team and each other, and make meaningful connections with peers from across the country.

Fellowship attendees will come together for two days of activities, including technical presentations, short “Flash Talks” by attendees, a career development panel hosted by our scientists and engineers, an “under the hood” tour of our Anton supercomputer, and networking. Our program highlights the scientific achievements of attendees and provides a professional networking opportunity.

We offer a stipend to all Fellows.

Women who are enrolled in a graduate or postdoctoral program, and who apply computation, machine learning, or theoretical approaches to address important scientific problems in chemistry, biophysics, drug discovery or related fields are encouraged to apply. Relevant fields of study include molecular biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical physics, structural biology, drug discovery, quantum chemistry, applied mathematics, and related disciplines. To be eligible to attend, you must be enrolled at or employed by a university (or employed by a company in a comparable capacity) within the U.S. during the term before or after the summer following the fellowship. We can invite only a limited number of attendees to the fellowship, but we welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs of all experience levels.

Applications for the next iteration of the Graduate and Postdoc Women’s Fellowship will open in early 2023. Please check back later for details about how to apply.