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Applying for Fellowships

Fellowships offer many unique opportunities for you as a Columbia undergraduate or alumni to explore a variety of academic, professional or experiential interests. Envisioned to support an individual’s personal development, fellowships can provide funding for a number of different intellectually enriching opportunities. From independent undergraduate research and study abroad to postgraduate study and travel, each fellowship is designed to enable you to produce knowledge and gain a better understanding of yourself, your field of study, and the world around you. In turn, every recipient becomes part of a lasting network of likeminded people through the community created by each fellowship.

As a Columbia undergraduate or alumni, you have access to numerous resources that will help you explore fellowships. At the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships, we provide you with resources to consider these different opportunities and focus on your unique aspirations. Our office, located in 606 Kent on the Morningside Campus, is open to current Columbia undergraduates as well as alumni, and we welcome you to visit us to use these resources. We also work via email and phone with many students and alumni who are living out of state or overseas.

Because of the time and hard work that necessarily go into crafting the best application, we encourage every student or alumni to begin considering and exploring fellowships early. Often work on an application involves several tasks leading up to that application—such as developing your aims as an applicant, making contact with possible research affiliates, and building or renewing strong relationships with possible recommenders. The fellowships office is eager to assist you as you navigate all of these different aspects of fellowship applications, from initial exploration to final submission. Whether you are a first-year student, a graduating senior or a Columbia alum, we encourage you to stop by the fellowships office at any time in your academic career to discuss your immediate and long-term goals as unique fellowship opportunities exist for students in every academic year!