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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows

The Cornell Population Center (CPC) and Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) encourage applicants who are working in the areas of social demography and inequality to apply for Cornell’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program. This is a university-wide competition, and it is not limited to social scientists.

Cornell offers an intellectually rich, vibrant, and supportive environment for junior scholars who are working in demography and inequality, broadly defined. Postdocs will enjoy abundant opportunities to receive feedback on their work, engage with world-renowned scholars inside and outside of Cornell, develop professionally, and benefit from multi-disciplinary conversation and collaboration.

For information about Cornell faculty in social demography and inequality who could serve as intellectual resources for Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows, please visit the faculty affiliate lists of the CPC and CSI. If you have further questions about faculty research interests or the two centers, contact Meg Cole (CPC) or Clara Elpi (CSI).

You should apply directly to the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program, following the instructions below.


PRESIDENTIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are high-profile postdoctoral research positions with significant independence and resources to attract some of the world’s best young scholars to interact deeply with faculty and students on Cornell’s Ithaca-based campuses.  Candidates from all areas of research and inquiry, who will be no more than two years past the award date of their doctoral degree at the time of the appointment, are eligible for this program. Successful candidates will have access to the full range of talent and considerable resources available at Cornell, and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Cornell intellectual community, in addition to their postdoctoral research with a tenured faculty member (sponsor) and their research group. Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows will also receive lifetime membership in the Society of Cornell Fellows along with the participants in other named prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships. Six Presidential Fellowships will be awarded each year beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Appointments will be for up to three years, dependent on positive annual evaluations and may include a teaching component where appropriate of no more than 25% averaged over the length of the appointment.  The stipend for appointments in the 2017-2018 academic year will be $68,000 plus full Cornell University employee fringe benefits. Each Fellow also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses including travel. Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s), i.e. associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application. A tenure track assistant professor may serve as a secondary sponsor. Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested individuals can contact any tenured Cornell faculty member(s) who, if agreeable to serve as the sponsor(s), will endorse and submit the candidate’s application.  

 APPLICATION MATERIALS

  1.  Candidate CV, including publication list.
  1. One-two page description of proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research if successful.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation, including one from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to the lead faculty sponsor that provide detailed assessments of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.
  3. Additional letter(s) of support from Cornell lead (and secondary if applicable) faculty sponsor(s) including a brief statement of any financial and logistical support of the proposed research that will be provided by the sponsor(s).

 The lead faculty sponsor(s) should forward all materials as a single file (pdf format required) to: pres.pdfellows@cornell.edu

Deadline for all materials:  October 1, 2017

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If you have questions about this program, please contact:

Office of the Vice Provost for Research
222 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: vp_research@cornell.edu

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