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:

  • Consulting opportunities for professors
  • Data sharing
  • Supporting and presenting research at conferences


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




Employees with advanced degrees


International Math Olympiad medalists


Physics Olympiads

PhD Fellowships

Two Sigma is excited to offer a PhD fellowship program 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 

The 2020 PhD fellowship application is now closed—please check back here for further details. Two Sigma PhD Fellowship winners to be announced July 2020.

Fellowship Award Recipients

Daniel Soriano

Statistics Ph.D. Program
University of California, Berkeley

Faculty & Lab Partnerships

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.

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 (42 petabytes, and counting). In the past, we’ve shared interesting datasets with researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s Parallel Data LabColumbia Data Science Institute, and Mass Open Cloud, for example.


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.

Past and Present Research Award Recipients

Daniel Hsu

Associate Professor
Columbia University

Serge Belongie

Associate Dean & Professor
Cornell Tech/Cornell University

Emmanuel Candes

Stanford University

Josh Bloom

University of California, Berkeley

Eli Upfal

Brown University

Aleksander Mądry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David M. Blei

Columbia University

Stefanie Jegelka

Associate Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Partnered Papers

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