DSI Post-Doctoral Fellows Program at Columbia University, USA 2020

The Data Science Institute (DSI) at Columbia University is offering DSI Post-Doctoral Fellows Program for 2020 academic year. The applicant must be non-US based, and preference is given to scholars from East Asia.

Columbia University, established in 1754, is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.


Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Degree Level: Fellowship to pursue Postdoctoral Program

Field: The goal of this program is to produce the next-generation leaders in data science. Fellows will carry out independent and novel research in an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary, collaborative research.

Value: In addition to a competitive salary package, DSI Fellows will also be provided with a research expenditure budget of that can be used for conference travel, computing equipment, and/or other research-related costs.

Place of Study: USA

Nationality: USA

Number of Scholarships: Not Known


DSI Post-Doctoral Fellows Program seek :

  • applicants from USA
  • candidates who are recent Ph.D. graduates and have explicit interests in advancing and/or applying data science to other domains. Prior experience in data science is not required.
  • candidates with the courage and interest to learn a new field, be part of a select like-minded cohort of fellows, and along with Columbia University DSI members, help define the field of data science for the long-term future
  • candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities


The candidate should identify between two and five names of potential mentors who are current Columbia faculty members. A good place to look for mentors would be the list of DSI faculty affiliates but candidates are welcome to look beyond this list. If you are interested in applying data science to a specific domain, we encourage you identify mentors from both a foundational area (applied mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, machine learning, optimization, statistics, etc.) and a domain area. Using your input, the DSI will ensure the best possible match of mentor(s) for you. 

Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and preferably before December 1, 2019. For the 2020 cohort, the online application is available here. Candidates should begin to prepare the following materials:

  • A cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to this program and indicates your choice of mentors (and special interest area if applicable). 
  • A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);
  • A brief research statement that summarizes current research interests, past accomplishments, and future research goals. It should contain a short proposal for the research activities you plan to do as a DSI Fellow, including a schedule with milestones;
  • Up to three representative research papers;
  • Three letters of reference submitted directly by the recommenders
  • [Optional] A letter from a potential mentor indicating an interest in your candidacy and your proposed research activities, submitted directly to dsi-fellows@columbia.edu


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