Marie Tharp Fellowship 2011-2012

Marie Tharp Fellowship 2011-2012

***Application Deadline: March 31, 2011***

Overview: The Earth Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University invite applications for the Marie Tharp Fellowship 2011-2012. This fellowship is part of a greater EI/LDEO effort at promoting the advancement of women scientists. The purpose of the award is to provide an opportunity for earth scientists to conduct research at Columbia University for a period of 3 months.  Fellows will have an opportunity to work with faculty, research staff, post docs, and graduate students during their fellowship. Each fellow is expected to participate in EI/LDEO activities and make a scientific presentation during their residence.

Background: The fellowship is named after Marie Tharp, who was the first to map details of the ocean floor on a global scale.  She published the pivotal interpretation of mid-ocean ridges that was crucial to the eventual acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift. Tharp came to the Lamont Geological Observatory (now the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), where she began work on mapping the ocean floor. Her map of the ocean floor is still a foundation for research and education in the ocean sciences.

Who Is Eligible to Apply for a Marie Tharp Fellowship? The competition is open to junior and mid-career scientists in the earth sciences. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application. The goal of this award is to promote women in science. Faculty (full-time or adjunct) and researchers at Columbia University are not eligible to apply.

What Does the Fellowship Entail? The duration of the Marie Tharp Fellowship is for three months over the period September 2011 through August 2012. Fellows are encouraged to visit for three consecutive months, but they may choose to take their fellowship in two separate visits.  The fellowship must be taken in residence at one of the earth science units of the Earth Institute (see end for complete list of eligible units) and will provide up to $30,000 for support of the fellow during the three-month period.

Budget: Fellows can use this award to pay salary, research expenses and travel, up to a total of $30,000 over a three-month period. The following maximum individual limits are proposed: Salary $25,000 (including fringe); Research Expenses $25,000; Travel: $5,000. That is, if you request a salary of $24,000 then you can request only up to $6,000 for research and travel expenses. In case of compelling reasons, the fellow may submit a written request to the LDEO Directorate to waive one or more of these limits.

Application Procedure. Applicants must submit a proposal (maximum three pages) describing the proposed project and with whom at Columbia they would like to work. It is strongly recommended that applicants contact their Columbia collaborators prior to submission. The proposal must be accompanied by a Curriculum Vita, a proposed budget, and two letters of reference. Please use the budget guidelines given above. All application materials must be submitted by March 31, 2011 via email to Kuheli.Dutt@columbia.eduAll materials must be submitted as a single combined PDF document. Incomplete applications will not be considered. References may be either included in the combined document or sent via email separately.

Selection Criteria. All proposals will be reviewed by a committee of scientists and administrators at EI and LDEO. The criteria for selection will be based on scientific excellence and potential contribution to LDEO / EI research activities. The following specific points will be considered: a) Quality of scholarly record as evidenced by publications and reference letters; b) Feasibility and quality of the proposed research as evidenced by the research proposal and reference letters; c)  Relevance of the proposed research to the LDEO/EI Research activities as evidenced by the research proposal.

Marie Tharp Fellows will be notified of their appointment by April 30, 2011.

Eligible Research Units at the Earth Institute

  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
  • Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED)
  • Cooperative  Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR)
  • Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)
  • Center  for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
  • International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
  • Center for Rivers and Estuaries
  • Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)
  • Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)
  • The Earth Engineering Center (EEC)
  • Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE)
  • The Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD)
  • The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD)
  • The Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR)
  • The Columbia Water Center
  • The Black Rock Forest Consortium


Dr. Kuheli Dutt
Assistant Director, Academic Affairs & Diversity
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
61 Route 9W, Palisades NY 10964
Phone: 845-365-8603  Fax: 845-365-8162

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