Application Guidelines

Fellowship Eligibility: 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. 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 apply to the EI Fellows program candidates must submit the following documents:

Online Application
Curriculum Vitae
Brief Personal History
Research Proposal

In addition to submitting the application and proposal, applicants are strongly 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. Applicants should also list their preferred research center.

Research Proposal Format:
Five (5) page maximum; double-spaced, not including references; one-inch margins; minimum 11 point standard font. References are not included in the 5-page maximum, and may be submitted separately.

The research proposal should address how the proposed work will 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.

Brief Personal History Format:
Two (2) page maximum, double-spaced; one-inch margins, minimum 11 point standard font).

Recommendation Letters:
Three recommendation letters are required. References must upload their letters here by November 7th, 2014 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2014 by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Research Foci and Mentors: Research foci are determined by the fellows themselves. Thus, EI Fellows play an active, independent role in developing their own areas of expertise and research agendas. Candidates are encouraged to review the list of the Earth Institute's research units and relevant Columbia University and Barnard College departments to see the breadth of potential mentors and collaborators actively engaged in research at the university.

Selection Procedure: Applications are reviewed by the Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Selection Committee, which is composed of senior Earth Institute faculty from across the Institute. Care is taken to ensure that all of the Earth Institute's core disciplines are represented in the Committee.

An initial, rigorous review of the applications examines several factors, including the following: educational and professional merit; relevance and strength of the research proposal; quality of the recommendations; relevance of the proposed research to the core interest of the Earth Institute to seek solutions to obstacles to sustainable development; and current needs and priorities of the Earth Institute.

Applications that merit further consideration are moved forward to the directors of one or more relevant Earth Institute research units. Based on feedback received from the research units, the Selection Committee reevaluates the applications in great detail before reaching a final decision.