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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.



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.  


  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:

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