Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Research Scholar Program in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies

The Harriman Institute invites applications for 1 two-year Mellon Teaching Fellow position, extending over 2023-2024 and 2024-2025. Preference will be given to candidates whose work is in any field of study relevant to environmental research.

Mellon Fellows are expected to concentrate on their own research and writing; to teach a course of their own design in the spring semester of each of the two years; to give a public seminar/lecture on their research and to be active participants in the Institute’s scholarly community. The Institute provides opportunities to organize conferences and other public events around their particular interests.


The primary criterion in awarding these fellowships is academic excellence. The Institute seeks evidence that the candidate’s research, teaching, and publications will make a significant, original contribution to the study of Russia, Eurasia, and/or East Central Europe in their particular field of study. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2023 and do not hold a tenure-track position. All fellows must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the appointment.

Application Instructions

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. The following list of materials is required for all applicants:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dissertation abstract
  • Research proposal: 2-3 page statement describing the research project you would pursue at Columbia University if awarded a fellowship, indicating its relation (if any) to your doctoral dissertation, as well as its relation to the mission of the Harriman Institute
  • A scholarly writing sample, such as an article or dissertation chapter. The writing sample must be in English.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of reference that include an evaluation of your research and teaching proposals
  • 1-2 page preliminary syllabus or course concept (defining problem, method, expectations of students and brief selection of readings)

Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2023.


Application date
1 year (renewable)
Social sciences