Diversity and Inclusion
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 URPostdocs@columbia.edu .
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 PostdoQs@columbia.edu.
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
- Minority Postdocs (Diversity Fellowships and Funding Opportunities)
- SACNAS- devoted to advancing Hispanics, Chicanos & Native Americans in Science
- American Association of Blacks in Higher Education
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), Inc.
Articles and relevant information
- Disparities in Grant Awards at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
SACNAS News, July 2012
- Affirmative Action: At the Intersection of Politics & Education
SACNAS News, July 2012
- Will You Be My Mentor?
Inside Higher Ed, November 2011
- From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research: Valuing Diversity at NIH
NIH Catalyst, November-December 2011
- Ask the Administrator: How to Ensure a Diverse Candidate Pool?
Inside Higher Ed, September 2011
- Liberal-Arts Diversity Officers to Hold Forum on Attracting, and Keeping, Minority Faculty
Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2011 (subscription required)
- Parity in STEM Faculty
Inside Higher Ed, August 2011
- Conservation of an endangered species: the female scientist
Guardian Professional, July 2011
- University of California postdoc program encourages diversity
UC Newsroom, November 2009
- Diversity Funding for Your Postdoctoral Research: Advice for a Successful Experience
SACNAS News, Summer/Fall 2009
- A Pipeline to the Tenure Track: Postdoctoral fellowships are increasingly being seen as a recruiting tool to improve faculty diversity
Diverse, April 2009
- Could You, Would You, SHOULD You Do a Postdoc? Tips on Decision Making, Applying and Interviewing for the All-Important Postdoc
SACNAS News, Fall 2007
- Diversity as a Life Skill: Collaborations between SACNAS and the NPA
NPA POSTDOCket, Summer 2005
- Perspectives: Preparing Postdocs of Color
ScienceCareers (formerly MiSciNet), September 2004
- Minority Postdocs are Rare, Independent Breed
Science, 1999 (subscription required)