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Call for Applications: 2018 Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia UniversityThe Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist position to begin July 1, 2018. Columbia University is pleased to announce up to three interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in (1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline ― such as psychology, psychiatry, public health, law, history, economics, literature, political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts ― and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research; OR (2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, which comprises eight existing Scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates must hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, DPhil, EdD, JD, etc.) by July 1, 2018, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2013.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this posting and to submit your application. Instructions for the required research proposal can be found under the “Scholars” section of the PSSN website.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

VIDEO: Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture, April 5-8, 2017

Numerous faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and members of the public attended the Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture conference, which took place at Columbia University over four days at the beginning of April. The interdisciplinary event comprised weaving demonstrations, and featured an array of speakers from psychology, history, technology, biomedical engineering, neurology, sociology, anthropology, and other fields and disciplines. If you missed the weaving demonstrations, Presidential Scholar Lan Li put together a short video that features the visiting weavers from Lao Textiles, and Carla Childs from Germantown Friends School. Video of the conference will be available in early summer.


Carla Childs, Germantown Friends School, backstrap loom
Lao Masterweaver, Bouakham Phengmixay, Lao Textiles, frame loom
Lao Ikat Master, Simone Khamdypaphanh, Lao Textiles, frame loom

Translator: Bouakham Phengmixay, Lao Textiles

Video Credit: Lan Li, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

2017 Presidential Scholars Announced

This July, the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program will welcome its third cohort of Presidential Scholars. The two incoming postdoctoral scholars were selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 100 applicants from a variety of backgrounds and fields of research. Scholars were selected based on their comprehensive, multidisciplinary knowledge and novel research proposals. The selection process was a cross-disciplinary effort, with 25 faculty members participating in the proposal review and on-campus interviews from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University Medical Center, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Professional Studies, Columbia Law School, and The Heyman Center for the Humanities. Scholars will confirm at least two faculty mentors from different departments who will help to guide and support their independent research. The Scholars also help to organize the PSSN Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series, which will start up again in the fall.

2017 Scholars

2017-Presidential-Scholars-in-Society-and-Neuroscience-PSSN Federica Coppola, JD, LLM
PhD Candidate (2017), European University Institute, Criminal Law and Neuroscience
Proposal Title: Reinventing Criminal Justice with Affective and Social Neuroscience: A Study on the Implications of an Emotion-oriented Theory of Culpability for Adjudication and Punishment

Noam Zerubavel, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Columbia University, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)
PhD (2016), Columbia University, Psychology
Proposal Title: Networking Brains to Connect the Neural and Social Sciences: An Integrated Framework for Theory, Experimental Design, and Statistical Analysis


Call for Applications: Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Society and Neuroscience

The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Program (PSSN) invites proposals for interdisciplinary projects that lie at the intersection of neuroscience, the humanities, and the social sciences.

ELIGIBILITY: All full-time faculty at Columbia University and Barnard College (see Proposal Instructions for further details).

AMOUNT: Up to $30,000.00 for projects 1-2 years in duration

DEADLINE: February 20, 2017


The PSSN Program will offer annual seed/pilot grants to enable collaboration between Columbia and Barnard faculty in the humanities, arts, or social sciences, and faculty in the natural sciences whose primary focus is the empirical study of mind, brain, and behavior.  This request for proposals is open to all full-time faculty at Columbia University and Barnard College that contribute to these interdisciplinary goals. Non-faculty applications may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with at least one faculty member serving as co-investigator.

Proposals should outline interdisciplinary research that involves either direct collaboration between neuroscientists and researchers from other disciplines, or traverses traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to investigate issues relevant to society and neuroscience.

Awards will be made of up to a total of $30,000 for projects 1 – 2 years in duration. Up to five grants will be awarded each year.

Please download the full application instructions and grant guidelines before starting your proposal. Only complete proposals will be reviewed. Please submit proposals as a single PDF document by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 20, 2017 to with “Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Society and Neuroscience” in the subject line of the email.

Please direct any questions to  For a list of 2015 and 2016 Seed Grant awardees and their projects, please click here.

Call For Applications: Zooniverse GLAM/Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow

Zooniverse, the world-leading research crowdsourcing  team, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher and project lead to help direct the development of the Zooniverse platform, especially in the area of text and audio transcription for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) and humanities research. Zooniverse enables ~1.5 million registered volunteers to participate in over 60 projects across the disciplines (from astronomy to history and literature) in partnership with GLAM organizations, universities and research institutions around the world, in service of both research and education. A recent grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports the development of new text and audio transcription projects ( These may be stand-alone, experimental projects that break new ground or involve adding functionality to our unique and innovative free project builder platform ( that allows research teams to build and manage their own crowd-sourced research projects.

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