Cornell University Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows 2019
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 1st2016 will not be considered.
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.
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.
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.