Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poverty and Social Policy


The Center on Poverty and Social Policy, at the Columbia University School of Social Work, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in economics, public policy, social work, sociology or a related discipline for a project on national and state trends in poverty. The postdoc will work with faculty and staff to conduct new analyses of national and state trends in poverty using an improved measure of poverty based on the supplemental poverty measure (SPM) recently developed by the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The project will consider key sub-groups as well as the overall population, and will also gather and take into account data on state-level policies and cost-of-living. The postdoctoral fellowship is for one year, with the option to renew for a second year contingent on performance and funding.


All applicants must apply no later than April 30, 2015. Applications should be submitted online through the Columbia RAPS system ( and the following materials should be uploaded at the time of application: 


·         CV or resume

·         Sample paper or publication

·         Three letters of recommendation


Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria:

• The degree of fit of research interests

• How the postdoctoral training will help to further the postdoctoral scholar’s research trajectory

• Demonstrated record of work with quantitative data

.  Demonstrated quality of writing

• Strength of letters of support


We are highly interested in candidates from underrepresented groups.  Review of applicants will begin immediately. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.