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Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program Now Accepting Applications for 2023

The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program is now seeking applications from innovative doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within five years of degree receipt) who are interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development to join its fall 2023 cohort. Applications are due October 31, 2022.

The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues in climate-related sciences and global sustainable development. The program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development, such as artificial intelligence and climate, carbon management, climate finance and risk, coastal viability, disaster resilience, energy storage, and the food transition.

The program offers a unique intellectual surrounding that fosters cross-disciplinary interaction, research, and education. Climate School Postdoctoral Researchers join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists across the Earth Institute and Columbia University. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies or are interested in developing cross-disciplinary approaches during their post-doctoral training will find numerous opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Application Requirements

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to, expanding on existing Climate School programs, or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the School.

In addition to submitting the application and proposal, candidates are strongly 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. You can find possible mentors and projects under the application guidelines section of our website. For a list of faculty and researchers who have expressed an interest in mentoring a postdoctoral researcher, please click here.

The deadline to apply is October 31, 2022. The program will start in the fall of 2023 and appointments are for 24 months.

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled, and the degree awarded within five years before the start of the appointment. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Columbia University policy only allows a cumulative maximum of five years in a postdoctoral position, whether held at or outside of the university.

For more information about the program, the diversity fellowship, or to apply, please visit our website or email

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