Minority Post-Doc

Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Academic Year 2023-2024


Teachers College, Columbia University, is the largest and most comprehensive graduate school of education in the United States.  Its programs span education, psychology and health fields. Located in New York City, the College has a diverse culture, with minority students comprising over one-third of the student body.

The Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program seeks to promote the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty at Teachers College.  The program does this by advancing the careers of individuals from groups in U.S. society that have been historically underrepresented in the academic profession.  It provides recent doctorate recipients the opportunity to develop a program of research and participate as an active community member in the life of a graduate research university. Recipients must be self-motivated and able to work independently on his or her own research project.


Current Minority Postdoctoral Fellows

The fellowship includes a $65,000 salary, $4,500 for teaching a course, research support of $5,000, eligibility for employee benefits, and limited relocation costs.  No other benefits are provided. Appointment is for a 9-month period (salary is paid over a 12-month period) beginning on September 1, 2023, and renewable for a second-year contingent upon satisfactory progress.  The acceptance of a fellowship carries with it the commitment to conduct research as outlined in the application proposal; provide a written annual report of the research program; teach one course per year; and participate in an academic program within a department of the College.  A second year will allow postdoctoral fellows to participate in faculty development activities to best prepare them to find a faculty position.


Eligibility Requirements:

In making awards under this program, Teachers College gives consideration especially to individuals who are either members of a federally recognized U.S. racial/ethnic minority group or have a federally recognized disability.  The selection program committee also takes into account a range of other factors related to increasing diversity at the College, such as the candidate’s socioeconomic background, research and teaching goals that emphasize diversity, and status as first-generation college graduates.

Applications will be evaluated based on the fit with existing areas of research at Teachers College, commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as evidenced in scholarship, teaching, and/or service, and the quality of the applicant’s research record.

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate* in any area related to education, health, or psychology; have a commitment to research and teaching in a related field; and have completed a doctorate in the last 3 years (no earlier than January 1, 2020).  Teachers College doctoral graduates are not eligible to apply. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.


Completed applications are due by February 1, 2023.

* If you do not have the doctorate in hand at the time of application, a letter of confirmation must be received from your dissertation committee chair or department stating that you will have the doctorate degree before the term the fellowship begins on September 1, 2023.


To apply candidates should submit the following documents in their application:

  • A cover letter describing applicant's interest in doing postdoctoral work specifically at Teachers College, and relevant personal and professional background and interests.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A research proposal related to education, psychology, or health, broadly defined, describing the research that the applicant would like to pursue during the fellowship (five-page limit, double-spaced).
  • Three letters of recommendation–either all academic or two academic and one professional. Please submit letters of recommendation to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College at provostsoffice@tc.columbia.edu.

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received at Teachers College by February 1, 2023.  Faxed applications will not be accepted. Extensions for applications will not be granted.  The selection committee will consider only fully completed applications.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and submitted by February 1, 2023. If it is necessary to send a recommendation letter separately, referees must submit their letters of recommendation to the Provost's Office by the closing date, no exceptions or extensions will be granted.

Materials should be submitted through the HR Website.


For questions, please contact the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College at provostsoffice@tc.columbia.edu.


Teachers College as an institution is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment.  In offering education, psychology, and health studies, the College is committed to providing expanded employment opportunities for persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities.


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