If you are interested in working as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Visiting Scholar in the Cornell Department of Human Development, please contact Professor Ong directly via email at or by phone at (607) 255-9993 to make arrangements. Unless otherwise specified, Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars will need to obtain external funding to support their stay. Current funding opportunities at Cornell include:

The Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows program provides funding for up to three years. These competitive positions provide salary ($68,000/yr) and a research allowance ($5,000/yr). Applications are due on October 1, 2018. We will provide office space and any required resources.

The Cornell Population Center (CPC) Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding for two years. Selection will be based on scholarly potential, ability to work in multi-disciplinary settings, and the support of a CPC faculty affiliate at Cornell who will serve as mentor, working closely with the post-doctoral associate. Preference will be given to fellows with research interests in areas broadly related to the CPC’s four main foci: families & children; health behaviors & disparities; poverty & inequality; and immigration & diversity. Postdoctoral associates will have access to university resources and receive an annual salary of $64,575 plus benefits and a research/travel account.  Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in demography, economics, sociology, or another related social science discipline by August 15, 2019. Screening of applications begins December 7, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.


Professor Ong will be reviewing graduate student applications in 2018. Information on applying for graduate education at Cornell can be found here. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Professor Ong by email, prior to the December application deadline. Please send a CV and a brief statement of your research experience and future interests.

Prospective students are encouraged to build a research program that affords collaboration between individual labs. Accordingly, applicants should also consider applying to work with Dr. Adam Anderson. Dr. Anderson will accept new graduate students who are interested in emotions, cognition, and social/cognitive neuroscience.

Students wishing to gain additional research experience and increase credentials for application to a PhD program may wish to apply to the one-year Master's Program. Information on the one-year M.A. Program in Human Development can be found here.



Undergraduate research opportunities include volunteer work, independent study (for course credit), honors research and summer research opportunities. If you would like to be considered for a Research Assistant position please email a brief resume (1 page) and cover letter (1 page) outlining your relevant experiences, goals, and skills, and your overall GPA.