The vision for Matter Labs has always been to incubate, launch, and decentralize the zkSync protocol and ZK Stack. Bringing in talented individuals and teams to contribute to the protocol is the next step on zkSync’s path toward decentralization.
Introducing the ZK Fellowship: a 4-6 month, paid virtual program designed to advance the vision for zkSync, ZK Stack, and the ZK Credo through technical contributions from individuals and teams outside of Matter Labs.
Applications to join the ZK Fellowship are open through October 15th. Keep reading for program details and how you can apply to join the first ZK Fellowship cohort.
Participants with strong technical backgrounds are encouraged to submit proposals relevant to zkSync and the ZK space.
We welcome all types of technical contributors—whether you’re a student, developer, researcher, or academic, we want to hear from you!
Below is a non-exhaustive list of recommended topics for your application (in alphabetical order). While we encourage the candidates to work on the following themes, we’ll also consider topics outside of this list.
Cross-L2 gas fee mechanisms
Distributed operation and parallelization of ZK provers
Fuzz testing of zkSync components
How to avoid the fragmentation of consensus stake in a multi-rollup ecosystem
MEV in rollups
Memory models for ZKP with relation to trace extension/recursion/folding
Privacy support and privacy primitives for rollups
Prover and sequencer market dynamics
Rollup data exploration that goes beyond L2BEAT
Scalable cross-rollup censorship resistance
Self-sovereign TX verification helpers that can properly parse ABI-encoded data and provide visualization of fields and values
Trace extension techniques/continuations
Zero-knowledge DeFi primitives, including but not limited to transaction matching, risk management, settlement, custody, and attestations
Zero-knowledge proof aggregation and verification schemes
Zero-knowledge proof production
Zero-knowledge virtual machine models
web3js/ethers.js/ethers.rs generalization that separates interaction intention from ABI encoding, tx encoding, signature creation, etc.
By October 15th, submit a two-page PDF proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org that clearly captures the following:
Name and background of applicants
Social handles and Github profiles (if relevant)
What you propose to be done and the problem motivation
A brief overview of the state-of-the-art relating to the selected problem
Research and development plan containing month-by-month milestones
If your proposal is accepted, you’ll hear back from Matter Labs by November 1st with information on next steps.
Successful applicants will be supported with a stipend of $3,500 per month for the duration of the fellowship. This is grant-based funding, not a contracted position. You own your work product, though we expect your output to be open-source, well-documented, and accessible to others.
ZK Fellowship participants will have monthly check-ins with senior Matter Labs team members and fellowship recipients. These meetings will serve as a valuable opportunity for feedback, knowledge sharing, and exploring potential directions.
Participants will also enjoy direct access to our vibrant community of core developers and may have the chance to engage closely with affiliated partners of Matter Labs.
The most accomplished participants will have the opportunity to 1) secure an extended fellowship, potentially leading to a position at Matter Labs or 2) join Matter Labs’ incubation program and collaborate closely with the Matter Labs Investments team to refine and bring innovative ideas to market.
We look forward to reviewing your proposals to advance the capabilities of the ZK Stack and ZK tech more broadly. For questions about the ZK Fellowship program, reach out to Matter Labs’ VP of Research, Ben Livshits. If you’re already working on an early-stage project and would like to learn about potential incubation opportunities, send a message to Matter Labs’ Head of Investments, Omar Yehia.