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We love tackling hard problems in a wide range of technical fields, even challenges that are not directly tied to our day-to-day work.

That’s why we actively engage with the brightest minds and best ideas—wherever they’re found.

Our collaborations with universities, research labs, professors, and students take many forms, including:

Two Sigma’s culture of learning has its roots in our employees’ deep ties to academia.

200+

PhDs

700+

Employees with advanced degrees

15+

International Math Olympiad medalists

5+

Physics Olympiad medalists

PhD Fellowships

Two Sigma is excited to offer PhD fellowship programs supporting doctoral students who are expanding frontiers in a STEM field such as statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, physics, and finance/econometrics.

Applications are assessed based on students’ research proposals, publications, and letters of recommendation from professors.

Please note: eligible candidates

  • Must be full-time PhD students currently pursuing a doctorate at an accredited U.S. university
  • Must be in at least their third year of a PhD program when the fellowship begins (fall semester or quarter)
  • May not currently be a Two Sigma employee or related to one
  • May not currently receive support through another, similar industry fellowship award

Applications for the 2021 Two Sigma PhD Fellowship & 2021 Two Sigma Diversity PhD Fellowship are currently closed. Winners will be announced in February 2021

2020 Fellowship Award Recipients

Daniel Soriano

Statistics Ph.D. Program
University of California, Berkeley

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Ellianna Abrahams

Astronomy PhD Program
University of California, Berkeley

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Jason Altschuler

Computer Science PhD Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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2020 Fellowship Award Recipients Runners-up

Misha Khodak

3rd Place Runner-up:

Computer Science PhD Program
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Bruce Wittmann

4th Place Runner-up: (Joint)

Bioengineering PhD Program
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

John Hewitt

4th Place Runner-up: (Joint)

Computer Science PhD Program
Stanford University

Niloy Biswas

4th Place Runner-up: (Joint)

Statistics PhD Program
Harvard University

Collaboration plays an essential role in the advancement of scientific knowledge. That’s why we eagerly cultivate long-term partnerships with faculty at prestigious academic institutions.

We are always looking for ways to team up with top research labs, research consortiums, and affiliate programs.

Faculty & Lab Partnerships

Apply research

The opportunity to apply research to real-world problems

The research Two Sigma does typically isn’t theoretical in nature. It’s focused on producing concrete results that benefit real people.

Access to data

Two Sigma loves data, and has a lot of it

In the past, we’ve shared interesting datasets with researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s Parallel Data Lab, Columbia Data Science Institute, and Mass Open Cloud, for example.

Relationship-building

Faculty partnerships can lead to opportunities to work with Two Sigma

Faculty partnerships, such as Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) and Cornell Tech can lead to opportunities to work with Two Sigma as a consultant, to host Two Sigma researchers at guest lectures, and more.

The following professors have partnered with Two Sigma, either as Faculty Research Award recipients or consultants

Daniel Hsu

Associate Professor
Columbia University

Serge Belongie

Associate Dean & Professor
Cornell Tech/Cornell University

Emmanuel Candes

Professor
Stanford University

Josh Bloom

Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Eli Upfal

Professor
Brown University

David M. Blei

Professor
Columbia University

Stefanie Jegelka

Associate Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jonathan Taylor

Professor
Stanford University

John Cunningham

Professor
Columbia University

Jun Liu

Professor
Harvard University

Michael Riordan

Professor
Columbia University

We push the boundaries of knowledge in computer science, statistics, and finance.

We constantly draw ideas and inspiration from the broader math, science, and investment communities. Collaborating with our academic partners through technical publications and presentations is just one way of giving back. To see more, visit research.twosigma.com.