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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Sustainability Innovation Leaders

How to Apply

Eligibility:

  • Ph.D. completion before fellowship begins

The 2020 cycle is closed:

Contacts:

At Cornell Atkinson, collaborating defines our approach to catalyzing change and creating scalable, lasting impact. Our postdoctoral fellowships reflect this commitment to partnership by teaming postdocs with advisors from both the Cornell faculty and nonacademic organizations. The Cornell Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability and the new Atkinson-Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Postdoctoral Fellowships stimulate original cross-disciplinary research and the development of sustainable solutions by developing and deepening connections with external partners.

In the last five years, Cornell Atkinson has supported more than 20 postdoctoral fellows in translating research into real-world results, from biological control agents for small-scale farmers to renewable energy in China. By developing a cohort of postdoctoral scholars on campus working in sustainability and related fields, we are also building a core group of leaders capable of creating effective, workable solutions to the most serious sustainability questions. Applications are welcome from all disciplines across the natural and social sciences, as well as the arts and humanities.

Cornell Atkinson and EDF Postdocs are also eligible for our new Sustainability Leadership Program, designed in collaboration with EDF. This program offers professional development around interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration, science communication, policy, and career design.

 

Selections

  • 2019  

    Five Postdoctoral fellows were selected - announcement

    Adekunle Adesanya

    Adekunle Adesanya

    Education: PhD ’18, Washington State University
    Cornell Advisers: Katja Poveda
    External Partner:The International Center for Insect physiology and Ecology
    (ICIPE), Kenya
    Theme: Increasing Food Security
     

    Gemma Clucas

    Gemma Clucas

    Education: PhD ’17, University of Southampton and University of Oxford, UK
    Cornell Adviser: Amanda Rodewald
    External Partner: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    Theme: Achieving One Health
     

    Tomasz Falkowski

    Tomasz Falkowski

    Education: PhD ’18, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Cornell Adviser: Laurie Drinkwater
    External Partner: Dana, A.C.
    Themes: Increasing Food Security, Reducing Climate Risks
     

    Katherine McClure

    Katherine McClure

    Education: PhD ’17, University of California Santa Cruz
    Cornell Advisers: Steven Osofsky
    External Partner: American Bird Conservancy
    Theme: Achieving One Health
     

    Faraz Usmani

    Faraz Usmani

    Education: PhD ’19, Duke University
    Cornell Adviser: Christopher Barrett
    External Partner: German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)
    Theme: Accelerating Energy Transitions
     

  • 2018  

    Five Postdoctoral fellows were selected - announcement

    Rafael Almeida

    Rafael Almeida

    Education: PhD ’17, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil)
    Cornell Advisers: Alexander Flecker
    External Partner: Wildlife Conservation Society
    Focus Area: Computational Sustainability
     

    Ben Augustine

    Ben Augustine

    Education: PhD ’17, Virginia Tech
    Cornell Adviser: Angela Fuller
    External Partner: Wildlife Conservation Society
    Focus Area: Computational Sustainability
     

    Cynthia Bartel

    Cynthia Bartel

    Education: PhD ’17, Iowa State University
    Cornell Adviser: Matthew Ryan
    External Partner: The Land Institute
    Focus Area: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
     

    Tyler Harlan

    Tyler Harlan

    Education: PhD ’17, University of California, Los Angeles
    Cornell Advisers: John Zinda
    External Partner: Global Environmental Institute
    Focus Area: Energy Transitions
     

    Aaron Koning

    Aaron Koning

    Education: PhD ’18, University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology
    Cornell Adviser: Peter McIntyre
    External Partner: Conservation International
    Focus Area: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
     

  • 2017  

    Three Postdoctoral fellows were selected - announcement

  • 2016  

    Three Postdoctoral fellows were selected - announcement

  • 2015  

    Four Postdoctoral fellows were selected - announcement

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