Columbia University Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program 2024

Columbia University Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program 2024

Deadline: 1st November, 2023

Summary: Applications are open for the Columbia University Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program 2024. Through the Climate School Postdoctoral Research program, Columbia University’s Climate School supports the scholarship needed to tackle climate change and its related global challenges. The Climate School works to offer solutions through transdisciplinary research, partnerships, education, innovative technology, building knowledge, and the sharing of ideas.

Details: The 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 as well as in global sustainable development. Climate School Postdoctoral Researchers will join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists to advance scientific understanding of these challenges and develop practical responses to address them.

Successful postdoctoral candidates are matched with Principal Investigators and mentors from across the Climate School, including the Climate School’s research centers and programs, the Lamont-Doherty’s Earth Observatory, Columbia University Medical Center, and other affiliated schools and departments.


  • Climate School Postdocs will receive an annual salary of $71,640. 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 computers, travel, conference, journal, book, software, equipment, and other research costs.
  • Columbia University only grants limited-term J1 visas for non-US citizens.
  • CCS Postdocs are considered Officers of Research and are eligible for benefits provided by Columbia University for full-time employees.
  • A seminar series in which each postdoc 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 CCS Postdocs, faculty, and researchers. Lunch is provided.


  • 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 appointment.
  • 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 the University’s office to determine eligibility.
  • 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.

Selection Procedure:

Applications are reviewed by the Climate School Postdoctoral Selection Committee, which is composed of senior Climate School faculty from across the Institute. Care is taken to ensure that all of the Climate School’s core disciplines are represented in the Committee.

An initial, rigorous review of the applications examines several factors, including the following:

  • Strength of the research proposal
  • Relevance to the Climate School’s mission and research themes
  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative potential
  • Practice/policy/community engagement relevance
  • Previous academic experience
  • Strength of academic/professional references

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


To apply to the program candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Online Application
  • 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. Note that an endorsement from a faculty member or researcher does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

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