In 2012 the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) implemented its Dirichlet Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program, advertised widely across the broad range of mathematical fields represented in Berlin, contributed to making the BMS even more visible internationally, and attracted outstanding applications from all around the world. This was evidenced by the many letters of recommendation from very prominent and international mathematicians.
Former BMS Dirichlet Postdoctoral Fellows were:
Nils Waterstraat (2013 – 2015)
Maryna Viazovska (2014 – 2016)
Daniela Egas Santander (2015 – 2017)
Seungchan Ko (2018 – 2019)
The next call for applications for the Dirichlet Fellowship will open in the fall of 2020. Applications will be accepted via our online portal probably from 1 October to 1 December 2020 for a start date from October 2021.
Viazovska, who came to the BMS from the Ukraine via the University of Bonn, made international headlines in March 2016 when she produced a stunning solution to a famous mathematical problem: the sphere packing problem in dimension eight. One week later, together with Henry Cohn and other co-authors, she solved the same problem in dimension 24. To date, the sphere packing problem remains unsolved in all other dimensions greater than three.