Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Academic Year 2020-2021

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. Recipient must be self-motivated and able to work independently on his or her own research project.

Current Minority Postdoctoral Fellows

Gwendolyn Baxley

Gwendolyn Baxley

Department of Organization & Leadership

Rosalia Zarate

Rosalia Zárate

Ph.D. / Affiliation at the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis

The fellowship includes a $35,000 research stipend, $4,500 for teaching a course, research support of $5,000, free campus housing in a studio apartment (if desired), eligibility for low-cost student health insurance, and limited relocation costs.  No other benefits are provided. Appointment is for a nine-month period beginning on September 1, 2020, and renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory progress and notification by December 1, 2020.  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: Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.  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 socioeconomic background, research and teaching goals that emphasize diversity, and first-generation college graduates.

Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program 20th Anniversary Celebration

Applicant must hold an earned doctorate* in any area related to education; have a commitment to research and teaching in a field related to education; and have completed a doctorate in the last 3 years (no earlier than January 1, 2017).  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, 2020.

* 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 of the fellowship begins on September 1, 2020.

To apply candidates should submit:

  An information sheet with name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, title of research project, and the names of recommenders.

  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, broadly defined, describing the research that the applicant would like to pursue during the fellowship (five-page limit, double-spaced).

  Two letters of recommendation.

  Any accommodations required.

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received at Teachers College by February 1, 2020.  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, 2020.   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 sent to: provostsoffice@tc.columbia.edu.

For questions, please contact Lily Ngaruiya, Office of the Provost and Dean of the College at: lwn2104@tc.columbia.edu

*Submissions must include "Minority Post-doc application" in the subject line.

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 expanding employment opportunities for persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities.

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