TLDR Research Fellowships

Apply for a TLDR Fellowship

The fellows program is for engineers, academics and students who want to shape the future of decentralized finance. They bring their various professional experiences and skills into the DeFi Ecosystem. As a Fellow, you’ll immerse yourself in the world of DeFi while crafting your own unique journey.

Applications are closed

How It Works

HYBRID FORMAT
The fellowship begins remotely in the fall, with a kickoff call with your mentor. Throughout the year, we will host events around upcoming research conferences.
FELLOWSHIP KICKOFF
During the first month, you will have a kick off call with your mentor, where you will set the frequency of your meetings and how you will use your time. By the end of this month you should have a clear plan to work towards for the duration of your Fellowship.
DELIVERABLES
Deliverables at the end of the program: Either a paper or open github repo if work is ongoing, a talk at the Inaugural TLDR Conference in May 2024, a blog post that explains your work.

Meet The Mentors

Selected for their expertise and contributions in the field, our three mentors are at the forefront of driving innovation alongside our TLDR fellows.

Mallesh Pai

Rice University and Consensys Inc
Market Microstructure for MEV, Blockchain Mechanism Design

Max Resnick

Special Mechanisms Group
CFMMs, MEV, Censorship Resistance

Thomas Thiery

Ethereum Foundation
MEV supply network, Censorship Resistance, Protocol Mechanism Design, CL and EL data

Meet the Research Council

John Adler

Director of Protocol Engineering
blockchain protocol design, incentive structures, resource pricing

Guillermo Angeris

Head of research at Bain Capital Crypto
OPTIMIZATION, CFMMS, PROBABILITY

Tarun Chitra

Gauntlet, Robot Ventures
CONVEX OPTIMIZATION, CFMMS, MEV, AUCTIONS, SPIN GLASSES

Theo Diamandis

PhD student at MIT and researcher at Bain Capital Crypto
OPTIMIZATION, CONVEX ANALYSIS, MEV, CFMMS

Matheus Venturyne Xavier Ferreira

Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow
AI, ALGORITHMIC ECONOMICS AND SECURITY

Pranav Garimidi

a16z Crypto Research
MEV, Auction Design, Fee Mechanisms, Algorithmic Game Theory

Assimakis Kattis (Aki)

New York University
ZERO-KNOWLEDGE PROOF DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, CONSENSUS PROTOCOLS AND ZKP MECHANISM DESIGN

Kshitij Kulkarni

UC Berkeley / Gauntlet
Mechanism design, game theory, optimization

Mallesh Pai

Associate Professor, Rice University and Principal Researcher, Consensys Inc
Market Microstructure for MEV, Blockchain Mechanism Design

Dan Robinson

Paradigm
MEV Auctions, L2 Sequencers, Power Perpetuals

Raffi Sapire

Uniswap Foundation
MEV + Oracle research implemented as hooks on Uniswap v4, Flashloan/sandwich auctions, Routers, Incentive Design

Danning Sui

Flashbots
MEV, DEX, DATA RESEARCH

John Adler

Director of Protocol Engineering
blockchain protocol design, incentive structures, resource pricing

Sarah Allen

Flashbots, IC3
Governance, DAOs, voting schemes, decentralized identity, all things MEV, and empirical studies and attacks for any of the above

Guillermo Angeris

Head of research at Bain Capital Crypto
OPTIMIZATION, CFMMS, PROBABILITY

Tarun Chitra

Gauntlet, Robot Ventures
CONVEX OPTIMIZATION, CFMMS, MEV, AUCTIONS, SPIN GLASSES

Theo Diamandis

PhD student at MIT and researcher at Bain Capital Crypto
OPTIMIZATION, CONVEX ANALYSIS, MEV, CFMMS

Matheus Venturyne Xavier Ferreira

Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow
AI, ALGORITHMIC ECONOMICS AND SECURITY

Pranav Garimidi

a16z Crypto Research
MEV, Auction Design, Fee Mechanisms, Algorithmic Game Theory

Assimakis Kattis (Aki)

New York University
ZERO-KNOWLEDGE PROOF DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, CONSENSUS PROTOCOLS AND ZKP MECHANISM DESIGN

Ariah Klages-Mundt

Superluminal Labs
Design and analysis of DeFi mechanisms (including stablecoins, AMMs, oracles, governance systems), modeling economic security, modeling risk and contagion in DeFi protocols

Kshitij Kulkarni

UC Berkeley / Gauntlet
Mechanism design, game theory, optimization

Jason Milionis

Columbia University
decentralized mechanism design, game dynamics, auction design, algorithmic game theory

Mallesh Pai

Associate Professor, Rice University and Principal Researcher, Consensys Inc
MEV Auctions, new defi implementations

Dan Robinson

Paradigm
MEV Auctions, L2 Sequencers, Power Perpetuals

Raphaela Sapire

Uniswap Foundation
MEV + Oracle research implemented as hooks on Uniswap v4, Flashloan/sandwich auctions, Routers, Incentive Design

Danning Sui

Flashbots
MEV, DEX, DATA RESEARCH

2024-2025 Problem Spaces

Understanding Risk in Restaking

Closed

Sybil Proofness and Collusion Resistance

Closed

Pricing state growth

Closed

Novel Designs for Decentralized Markets

Closed

MEV-Resistant L2 Sequencers

Closed

Identifying ZKP Pricing Factors & Auction Mechanisms

Closed

Blockspace Futures

Closed

Comparing DeFi Trading Platforms

Closed

Dynamic CFMMs

Closed

All about MEV and PBS

Closed

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Past Fellows

After reviewing 107 applicants, 9 outstanding researchers were selected for the first round of TLDR fellowships.

Mohammadreza Ahmadnejadsaein

Governance decentralization game theory
Cornell University
Ghada Almashaqbeh - TLDR Fellow

Ghada Almashaqbeh

University of Connecticut

Andrés Fábrega

Governance decentralization game theory
Cornell University

Yotam Gafni

improved mev auctions
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Ruizhe Jia

block bidding ecomonics on mev-boost
Columbia University

Lily Johnson

implementation of defi mechanisms
Independent Security Researcher

Kaihua Qin

implementation of defi mechanisms
Imperial College London

Itamar Reif

zk fee mechanism design
Astria

Burak Öz

block bidding ecomonics on mev-boost
Technical University of Munich
Sponsored By
The Uniswap Foundation has committed up to $3,000,000 over the next 3 years to DeFi Research.