Columbia University Postdoctoral Fellowship in USA, 2018


The Earth Institute Postdoctoral 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. Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows, often referred to as the EI Fellows, will join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists from across the Earth Institute and Columbia University.


24 months


Food security

Energy systems

Climate change impacts

Poverty reduction


Environmental degradation


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.


Application Opens: August 28, 2017

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Reference Letter Deadline: November 9, 2017 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


To apply, candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to the goal of global sustainable development. Proposals may suggest participating in, contributing to, or extending existing multidisciplinary Earth Institute projects. Candidates are also encouraged to develop new, innovative projects that connect Earth Institute expertise. In addition to submitting the application and proposal, candidates are encouraged to identify and 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.