Diversity and Inclusion

Columbia strives to be an open and inclusive community. 

URPostdocs and PostdoQs


Established in 2016, Columbia URPostdocs seeks to unite underrepresented (UR) postdocs and individuals who support the cause and inclusion. The mission of the group is to form a cohesive network that will work together to highlight URPostdocs distinct contributions, promote awareness of issues that are important to all URPostdocs and encourage participation and recruitment of new members. The group is committed to advocate and find means to improve recruitment, retention, and mentoring of URPostdocs to aid in the development of successful careers both in academic and non-academic settings. With the same commitment that URPostdocs seeks to educate within the Columbia community, the group also seeks to educate the public through outreach activities. An important goal of the URPostdocs group is to provide a platform for the participating members to develop a variety of skills crucial in any career such as leadership, networking, and communication, among others.  

URPostdocs hosts regular meetings (~once every two months), as well as organizes and co-sponsors events. Postdocs interested in joining URPostdocs should email [email protected] .


Established in 2016, Columbia PostdoQs is an affinity group for LGBQTIA postdocs and allies. LGBQTIA graduate students are welcome to participate in the group as well. The group’s core values are support, inclusion, education, equality, networking, and creating safe spaces. The group is committed to these core values and to promoting these values at Columbia University. The group hosts regular meetings ( about once every two months) and organizes and co-sponsors events. Postdocs interested in joining PostdoQs should email [email protected]

Diversity Funding Opportunities

A number of diversity postdoctoral funding opportunties are available through foundations, governement agencies, and a variety of organizations. For a list of these opportunties, which include both fellowships and supplmental awards, please click here

Minority Postdoctoral Associations and Organizations

  • SACNAS- devoted to advancing Hispanics, Chicanos & Native Americans in Science
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

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