2018 Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

Columbia University is pleased to announce up to three interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in (1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline ― such as psychology, psychiatry, public health, law, history, economics, literature, political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts ― and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research; OR (2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, which comprises eight existing Scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. For more about our current scholars, please click here.


Eligibility: Candidates must hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, EdD, JD, MD, etc.) by July 1, 2018, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2013. Review of applications will begin November 27, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Only complete applications received by this date will be included in the first round of reviews. All applications must be submitted through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) and must include:

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. PhD Dissertation Abstract (if applicable)
4. Writing sample(s) totaling up to 30 pages (articles or book chapter preferred)
5. Proposal for an interdisciplinary research project (or projects) that build(s) on the applicant’s current disciplinary background and brings together an aspect of neuroscientific research with research in the arts, humanities, and/or social sciences (see below for more details).
6. Work sample or portfolio (if applicable – for applicants with a background in the arts)
7. Three letters of reference to be uploaded to the site, below

To apply, please visit: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65014.


Please submit the Research Proposal as a single PDF document with a clear title. It should include the following:

  1. Cover page, including:
    1. Title of proposal
    2. Proposed faculty Mentors, their titles and schools. Please suggest at least one Columbia University or Barnard College faculty member from the arts, humanities or social sciences and at least one faculty member from the (neuro)sciences to serve as Mentors on the proposed project. It is not required that you contact these faculty members prior to applying.
    3. An executive summary/abstract of the project.
  2. Proposal narrative with timeline of research for the three years of the position (no more than 10 pages double-spaced in 12-point font)
    1. Narrative must include a statement of interdisciplinarity, explaining how the project brings together neuroscience research and at least one other discipline in a novel way to advance understanding of mind, brain and behavior.
  3. Itemized projected budget
  4. Budget narrative
  5. Figures or tables
  6. Bibliography and/or references cited
  7. Plan for securing external funding (if appropriate). A modest research allowance will be available, but will not fully cover the costs of most projects.

Download full description and application instructions as a PDF.

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