Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability.

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Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues in global sustainable development. Earth Institute Postdoctoral Researchers will join multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed scientists from across the Earth Institute and Columbia University. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowship.

Access the application for the Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program here.

Visit the website for more information about the program, the diversity fellowship, and application guidelines.  

Contact with questions.

Earth Institute Internships and Research Assistantships

The Earth Institute offers internship and undergraduate research assistant opportunities to current students to work with faculty, staff and researchers in EI centers on projects related to sustainable development and the environment. Internship opportunities include diverse administration, communications and research roles and are open to all full-time Columbia and Barnard students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD). Research assistantships expose undergraduate students to all phases of research and provide the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field. Research assistant positions are open to all full-time undergraduate students at Columbia and Barnard.

Internship and RA positions are funded at a rate of $16 per hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks (a maximum of 120 hours during the semester).

Access the application for the internship and research assistant programs here

Visit the internship and research assistant websites for more information on the programs and application processes. 

Contact Cari Shimkus at with questions.

Earth Institute Travel Grant Program

The Earth Institute Travel Grant Program allows undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to work on sustainable development and environmental projects nationally and internationally. Research must be affiliated with projects for which students will receive academic credit towards their degree programs. Individuals and groups may apply (groups should submit one application) and applications are only accepted for future travel.

Access the application for the Travel Grant Program here.

Visit the travel grant website for more information about the program and application process. 

Contact Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri at with questions.