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Program Information

Start Date and Duration: EI Postdocs are appointed for twenty-four months and appointments typically begin September 1. However, depending on individual circumstances, as well as the needs of a fellow’s host research unit, appointments may begin as early as July 1.

Application Opens: August 27, 2018

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Reference Letter Deadline: November 9, 2018 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Funding: 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 only grants 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.

Program Activities: The EI Postdocs program hosts a series of activities that explore interdisciplinary issues in sustainable development, bring the postdocs together as a community, and introduce the postdocs to a diverse array of Columbia faculty and researchers.

Orientation: A weeklong series of information sessions and visits to Earth Institute research units.

Spring and Fall Symposia: Two public symposia per year in which both first-year and second-year postdocs present their research and participate in discussions with the audience. The symposia provided a great opportunity for postdocs to engage the Columbia research community as well as the larger public in innovative research in sustainable development.

Earth Institute Postdocs Seminars: A weekly seminar series in which each fellow presents her or his ongoing research. Visiting speakers also participate in the seminars. Postdocs may also coordinate group projects that are designed, discussed and implemented during these times. The meetings are informal and designed to foster interdisciplinary and problem-solving discussions among EI Postdocs, faculty and researchers. Lunch is provided. Two second-year EI Postdocs coordinate the seminars each year.

Earth Institute Postdocs Retreats and Special Events: Special outings to unique locations in the New York City area that seek to create a sense of community among the Postdocs, to connect them to New York, and to provide intellectual stimuli.

Other Earth Institute Seminar Series: EI Postdocs receive invitations to other events and speaker series at Columbia, including those sponsored by the Earth Institute's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), Earth Engineering Center (EEC), Center for Global Health and Economic Development (CGHED), Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD), Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), and Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR).

For additional information, please email eipostdocs@ei.columbia.edu.