The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program at Columbia University 2018

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program at Columbia University 2018

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Applications are now open for the 2018 Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program. This 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 EI Postdoctoral Research 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. Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows, often referred to as the EI Fellows, are appointed for twenty-four months and will join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists from across the Earth Institute and Columbia University. Specific areas of research include food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. The program offers a unique intellectual surrounding that fosters cross-disciplinary interaction, research, and education.


  • EI Fellows will receive an annual salary of $61,800.
  • They are also awarded a research stipend of $12,000 over the two-year term for reimbursable expenses related to the fellowship. 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.
  • EI Fellows are considered Officers of Research and are eligible for benefits provided by Columbia University for full-time employees.


  • 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.
  • 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 fellowship.
  • 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.


  • First, fill the Online Application.
  • To complete the application form, candidates must submit the following documents:
    • 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.
  • Applications would close on October 31, 2017 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • Fellowships will be announced in late February 2018.

For more information, please see the Application Guidelines or visit The Earth Institute Research Program.