Cornell Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs
In addition to the many postdocs positions available on Campus, Cornell offers endowed postdoc programs
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 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 or tenure-track 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.
Approximately six Presidential Fellowships are awarded each year, with the inaugural cohort of ten fellows chosen in the academic 2017-2018 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 2018-2019 academic year will be $68,000 plus full Cornell University endowed employee fringe benefits. Each Fellow also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research expenses including travel. Interested individuals can contact any tenure-track or tenured Cornell faculty member(s), i.e. assistant, associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse the candidate’s application. A tenure track assistant professor may serve as a primary sponsor only if a tenured professor serves as secondary sponsor. Cornell faculty may only sponsor one postdoctoral candidate application as primary or secondary sponsor.
Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, including their ability to be an ambassador for Cornell University, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact. Review and ranking of applications will be performed by a representative faculty committee, and decisions are expected between December 2018 and February 2019.
More information can be found on our website here: https://research.cornell.edu/content/presidential-postdoctoral-fellows
Interested individuals can contact any tenure-track or tenured Cornell faculty member(s) who is agreeable to serve as the sponsor(s), to request sponsorship and the required letter of recommendation. It is recommended to contact the Cornell faculty member well in advance of the deadline, as faculty may receive multiple requests to sponsor applicants. Applications will be submitted using the online submission portal. To submit an application, please visit our website, https://research.cornell.edu/content/presidential-postdoctoral-fellows and click on “How to Apply”, or apply directly to our online application system at https://ras.research.cornell.edu/CPPF.
- Candidate CV (4 page max), including publication list and date of Ph.D. graduation. If not yet graduated, please note the estimated date for graduation. Applicants graduating before October 1st 2016 will not be considered.
2. A 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. This page limit includes figures, citations, references, tables etc. Font size should be no smaller than 11pt. Applications exceeding this limit will be rejected without review.
3. Two Letters of Recommendation (2 page max. for each letter), including one that must be from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, which provide detailed assessments of the candidate’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.
4. A letter of support from Cornell lead (and secondary if applicable) faculty sponsor(s) (2 page max.) including a brief statement of any financial and logistical support of the proposed research that will be provided by the faculty sponsor(s). These letters are critical and will be taken into careful consideration by the review committee. No other letters should be included.
Application materials should be submitted by the postdoctoral applicant to the online application portal here: https://ras.research.cornell.edu/CPPF
Deadline for all materials: Monday October 1st 2018 11:59pm. Late applications will be rejected without review.
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If you have questions about this program, please refer to our FAQs on our website. If you have other questions or comments, please contact:
Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships
Office of Sponsored Programs
Ithaca, NY 14850
KIC postdoctoral fellows are high-profile, two-year postdoctoral positions with significant independence and resources. The KIC Fellows program is designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in nanoscale science to Cornell. They will have access to the unparalleled resources and faculty available at Cornell in nanoscale science and technology. Please click here for 2018-19 application requirements and instructions.
Bethe/KIC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cornell University’s Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics is soliciting applications for the Bethe/KIC Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prize fellowship will provide an outstanding
theoretical physicist the opportunity to work with theorists and experimentalists in Cornell's physics department. Our group (www.lassp.cornell.edu/people/faculty) has broad interests in hard and solid condensed matter physics, including: cold atom physics, biophysics, statistical physics, hydrodynamics, electronic structure theory, materials science, strongly correlated electrons, nanoscience, computatioonal physics and superconductivity. We also have growing efforts incorporating machine learning into studies of condensed matter physics.
We actively encourage applications from diverse and historically underrepresented candidates.
Applicants should submit a CV, publication list, and a 1-3 page research statement to:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9619. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same website- one of which should be from the candidate's
PhD adviser. Applications received by November 3, 2017 will receive full consideration. Applications received by September 22, 2017 may also be considered for the Cornell University Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
The Mong Fellows program will nurture the next generation of scientists and projects at the interface between technology and studies of the function and dysfunction of the brain.
Funding will be provided to exceptionally talented postdoctoral fellows (Mong Senior Fellows) or graduate students (Mong Junior Fellows) pursuing risky, highly creative, projects focused on the development and application of novel technologies for understanding neural function. Appropriate proposals will involve work at early stages, when traditional funding mechanisms are inadequate. The projects, if successfully demonstrated, should have significant potential for future external funding of their continued development and application. Two fellows from different collaborating laboratories must be sponsored by a faculty team. One of the laboratories could be at Weill Cornell Medical School. Successful applications will be awarded up to half time support for each of the two fellows. The Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in work at the forefront of studies of the brain with mentorship by teams that might include Engineers, Physicists, Chemists, Computational Scientists and Biologists. Funding for project equipment and materials must be available in the laboratories.
For additional information go to: https://neurotech.cornell.edu/mong-fellows-program/
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Society for the Humanities will sponsor two postdoctoral teaching-research fellowships in the humanities, each awarded for a two-year period beginning in July. While in residence at Cornell, Mellon Fellows hold department affiliations and have limited teaching duties and the opportunity for scholarly work. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in two areas of specialization each year:
For additional information go to: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/mellon_post-d_fellowships.html
Einaudi Center Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies will offer two postdoctoral fellowships in global affairs with a likely emphasis on security studies.
For additional information go to: http://einaudi.cornell.edu/node/13787
Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability
The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future seeks outstanding, creative, and highly motivated individuals to work with Cornell faculty in collaboration with external partners to discover and implement sustainable solutions to world needs. The center connects nonprofit, government, and industry partners with the research capacity at Cornell in order to jointly develop and test evidence-based solutions. Current collaborators include CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, Avangrid, OXFAM, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
The center’s emerging strategic plan focuses resources on programs and projects with the overarching theme of building resilient rural-urban systems – including the food, water, energy, and economic systems – that connect the lives of rural and city dwellers.
- Increasing Food Security: Improving the systems of agriculture, aquaculture, and wild food harvest to meet the nutritional needs of all people while enhancing the quality of life of those who produce the food – and the land and aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems on which they depend.
- Reducing Climate Risks: Innovating technology, financial instruments, and policy to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations and adapt infrastructure, agriculture, and health systems to equitably protect human health, safety, and prosperity from the impact of increasingly catastrophic droughts, floods, storms, and wildfires.
- Accelerating Energy Transitions: Connecting research with for-profit corporations, non-profit organizations, and government to enhance the generation, distribution, and storage of clean energy for heating and cooling, electricity, and transportation.
- Achieving One Health: Incorporating our understanding of the inextricable dependence of human health and happiness on the health of nature into the development of agriculture and infrastructure systems.
More information is available on the website: http://www.atkinson.cornell.edu/grants/postdoc/
Runway Postdoctoral Program
The Runway Postdoctoral Program at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is an innovative one-year program for recent PhDs interested in technology entrepreneurship to apply their research and launch new ventures. “Runway” Postdocs are provided with significant resources from the Jacobs Institute to transform a new technological idea or a novel combination of existing technologies into a viable product.
For additional information go to: http://tech.cornell.edu/programs/startup-postdocs
Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI)
The mission of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) is to “Make smart energy systems with low carbon footprint the norm through innovations in materials, technology, and systems design.” In pursuit of this mission, the Institute supports an ambitious agenda spanning discovery research to technology translation. The goal is to catalyze the frontier research on materials, devices, data analytics, and intelligent systems architectures required to lower cost, improve performance, and reduce carbon footprint of energy
systems. The institute also serves as a hub for subject matter experts, programs, and multi-user facilities that translate energy-focused research discoveries to prototypes and prototypes to commercial practice.
CESI POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS are high-profile postdoctoral fellowships designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in energy science, engineering, and materials to Cornell. The goal is to create a cohort of independent scholars pursuing frontier research in energy. Fellows will work in partnership with Cornell faculty sponsors on projects consistent with the CESI mission. The CESI Fellowships are two-year appointments and provide up to 50% of the cost associated with sponsoring a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell, with the faculty advisor providing the other 50%. Approximately five fellowships will be awarded for a two-year period beginning in June 2019. Applications will be evaluated in a competitive process designed to evaluate their qualifications, the quality and originality of the proposed research, and the potential of the work to facilitate new research collaborations among CESI faculty. Successful applications must have at least two Cornell faculty sponsors, at least one of whom should be an active CESI faculty member (see
All fellows agree to put the CESI byline on all publications and presentations during their appointment.
CESI Fellows will also receive lifetime memberships in the Society of Cornell Fellows, along with the participants in other names prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships.
Required Application Materials
1. Candidate CV, including a publication list.
2. Two-page description of proposed research. The proposal should explicitly address the
relationship between the proposed work and CESI research mission. The proposal should
also list the names, email address, and affiliation of the Cornell faculty sponsors.
3. Letters of support from Cornell sponsors. A single letter co-signed by multiple sponsors
4. Two additional general Letters of Recommendation (e.g., from thesis advisor,
Please forward all material (pdf format preferred) to: Mary Jane Sager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Receipt deadline for all materials is January 14, 2019.