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Columbia University Postdoctoral Fellowship in USA, 2019

Earth Institute Columbia University offers postdoctoral fellowship for US and international applicants. Fellowship program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues in global sustainable development.

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides innovative postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to build a foundation in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute (i.e. social, earth, biological, engineering, and health sciences), while at the same time acquiring the breadth of cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues related to sustainable development.

The Earth Institute was established at Columbia University in 1995. The research institute’s stated mission is to address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world’s poor.

All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing postdoctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: Specific areas of research include food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation.
  • Scholarship Award: EI Postdocs will receive an annual salary of $65,560. They are also awarded a research stipend of $12,000 over the two-year term for reimbursable expenses related to the appointment. These funds can be used for relocation and moving expenses, as well as for computer, travel, conference, journal, book, software, equipment, and other research costs.
    External Funding: EI Postdocs are encouraged to participate in the development and submission of research proposals in cooperation with their mentors, host research units, or other researchers. When doing so, they must follow all Columbia University rules applicable to postdoctoral scholars.
    Visas: Columbia University onlygrants limited-term J1 visas for non-US citizens. Read more information on Columbia’s visa eligibility policies online.
    Benefits: EI Postdocs are considered Officers of Research and are eligible for benefits provided by Columbia University for full-time employees. For more information, please visit Columbia’s Office of Human Resources online. The rules, regulations and policies that govern employment at Columbia are also listed on the website.
    Housing: The Earth Institute does not provide housing allocation for postdoctoral researchers. Postdocs may contact Columbia’s Housing Office for informal guidance on acquiring housing in the areas near the university.
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Nationality: U.S. and non-U.S. citizens
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
  • Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for the program, candidates must have received their doctoral degrees (Ph.D., M.D. or J.D.) within five years prior to the start of the appointment. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded before the start of the appointment. People holding current positions with rank above post-doctoral scientist are not eligible for appointment under university rules. Those holding current post-doc positions should contact our office to determine eligibility. The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
  • English Language Requirements: All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: To apply to the program candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief Personal History
  • Research Proposal
  • 3 Recommendation Letters

In addition to submitting the application and proposal, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to contact their desired multidisciplinary mentoring team, i.e. two or more senior faculty members or research scientists/scholars at Columbia University with whom they would like to work during their appointment. Please note that an endorsement from a faculty member or researcher does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Brief Personal History Format
Two (2) page maximum, double-spaced; one-inch margins, minimum 11 point standard font. The personal statement should include the following elements based on their relevance to your situation

  • Brief personal introduction and research statement
  • Summary of any discussions you have had with potential mentors. Note: endorsement from a faculty member or researcher does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
  • Explanation of gaps in employment or studies (these will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Prior postdoctoral positions – Columbia University policy only allows a cumulative maximum of 3 years in a postdoctoral position, whether held at or outside of the university. If you have prior postdoc experience, please contact Samantha Ostrowski to discuss your application.

Recommendation Letters
Three (3) recommendation letters are required by November 9, 2018, 5 p.m. EST. Once an application is successfully submitted, the references listed will receive an email with the Applicant ID and the link to upload their letter.

Online Application

Scholarship Link

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