Cornell Univ: Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) at Cornell Unviersity seeks outstanding, creative, and highly motivated individuals to work with Cornell faculty in collaboration with external partners to discover and implement sustainable solutions to world needs for reliable energy, a resilient environment, and responsible economic development. Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to strengthen and expand the center’s work with external partners, by:

  • Stimulating original cross-disciplinary research and development of sustainable solutions that address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges;
  • Developing and deepening connections with external parties in order to speed the creation and implementation of viable sustainability solutions;
  • Developing a cohort of postdoctoral fellows on campus working in sustainability and related fields; and,
  • Building a core group of leaders capable of creating effective, workable solutions to the most serious sustainability questions. 


The postdoctoral candidate must have completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from any scholarly field, including life and physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, business, and the humanities.

Up to four postdocs are selected each year.

Letters of Intent are typically due in late summer each year (e.g. August), and full proposals are due in the fall. For more information about the program and upcoming deadlines, visit the fellowship web page

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When we were young, we had trouble seeing the cattle in the grassland. Now we can see the mice.
— Chinese farmers as quoted in The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb