Provost’s Postdoctoral Research Scholars

Columbia Law School is seeking a candidate for its Provost’s Postdoctoral Research Scholars Program.  The goal of the program is to enhance the recruitment of outstanding postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented groups to more closely reflect the composition of the national pool of qualified candidates.  

Scholars will attend twice-weekly general faculty workshops, as well as subject-specific workshops, where they will have many opportunities to meet and get to know faculty. In addition, the Vice Dean and other faculty who oversee our Scholars programs often reach out to faculty colleagues on Scholars’ behalf in order to encourage faculty-scholar interactions.  Faculty members regularly read and comment on Scholars’ article drafts and proposed projects.  Scholars also have a year round workshop of their own at which they can present their own work and receive comments from their peers.  Scholars are also invited to attend entry-level job talks, so they know what to expect when they go on the market themselves, and receive extensive support in putting their entry-level application packets together.

In addition, scholars will be provided with the opportunity to meet and to develop mentoring relationships with law faculty members outside the Law School itself through the school’s emerging scholars program.  Invited faculty members will be selected on the basis of their expressed interest in developing mentoring relationships with emerging scholars who are members of underrepresented groups.
J.D. or J.D./Ph.D. required.  Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident who will have completed his/her terminal degree not later than five years before the start of the appointment.  Individuals who received their terminal degree from Columbia or who have been a Columbia postdoctoral research scholar are not eligible for this program.

The program strongly encourages applications from promising scholars from historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: Blacks/African-Americans; Hispanics/ Native Americans/Alaska Natives; persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, or Samoa.

Applicants should apply online through Columbia University’s Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) at:         

Applicants must apply online.  Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

As part of the application, you will be required to attach the following documents: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, law school transcript, copies of any publications or a writing sample, two academic letters of reference, and a one to five page proposal for a scholarly research project to be undertaken as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar.

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2012

Note:  Candidates must contact their academic references to request that letters be provided.  Email any questions to:  Rachel Jones at

J.D. or J.D./Ph.D. required.

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