Fellowships Awarded

More than 100 Columbia College students and alumni were awarded fellowships in 2016–17 to work and study at Columbia and around the world. These included 10 Fulbright Grant winners, two Critical Language Scholarships, a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship and a Goldwater scholarship. Only Columbia College recipients are listed.

Columbia Undergraduate Fellowships

Beesen Global Experience Research Fellowship

Supported by the late Charles F. Beesen LS’58, this fellowship provides $5,000 for non-native French speakers to study or do research in Paris during the summer. This fellowship was established to give students the opportunity to pursue their intellectual goals, gain valuable research and study experience, learn French and engage with the Parisian community.

  • Rachel L. Chin ’18

Beesen Global Travel Fellowship

Supported by a gift from the late Charles F. Beesen LS’58, this fellowship provides a $5,000 award to fund each fellow’s summer housing costs and travel to and from Paris, and to help defray general costs associated with living and studying abroad in Paris during the summer. The fellowship’s intent is to give Columbia University students the opportunity to pursue intellectual goals, gain valuable study experience, learn French in Paris and engage with the Parisian community.

  • Lauren B. Arnett ’19
  • Yasmeen Metellus ’20
  • Huhe Yan ’19
  • Brianna S. Yang ’20

Class of 1939 Summer Research Fellowship

Established in 1990 by the Class of 1939 in honor of the 50th anniversary of its graduation, this fellowship assists students pursuing independent research or work in ongoing laboratory projects during the summer. The fellowship grants students the opportunity to pursue their intellectual goals, gain valuable research experience and cultivate stronger relationships with faculty members.

  • Spencer E. Cohen ’18
  • Alexander C. Garnick ’19
  • Victor Manuel Gordillo ’19
  • Hunter M. Koch ’18
  • Chang Y. Moon ’18
  • Angela T. Vettikkal ’18
  • Wenyi Zhang ’18

Columbia Summer in Greece Program Scholarship

  • Bella C. Carriker ’19
  • Jessica R. Jackson ’19
  • Owen S. Monroe ’20
  • Irem Soysal ’20
  • Chenjie Zhao ’20

Columbia University Presidential Global Fellowship

Funded by a grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship program offers select first-years the opportunity to enrich their education with an international component during the summer between their first and second years.

  • Laura Block ’20
  • Micaiah M. Buchheim-Jurisson ’20
  • Elisabetta Diorio ’20
  • Indigo D. Ghonima ’20
  • Alexandra S. Kapilian ’20
  • Zeina Laban ’20
  • Anant Krishnan Majumdar ’20
  • Elizabeth K. Merrigan ’20
  • Grace E. Miner ’20
  • Mia Nicenko ’20
  • Nathan Santos ’20
  • Julie Sumski ’20
  • Han Wen Zhang ’20

Edwin Robbins Academic Research and Public Service Fellowship

Established in 1991 by Edwin Robbins ’53, LAW’55, P: LAW’88, this fellowship is designed to encourage Columbia College students to pursue careers in teaching, academic research or public service. A summer stipend is provided to four students who wish to engage in historical or political science research, or to participate in an internship with a governmental office, agency or other public service organization.

  • Yasmeen Abdel Majeed ’18
  • Spencer E. Cohen ’18
  • Peter D. Kalicki ’18
  • Yowana Wamala ’18

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abr makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

  • Nannette A. Boakye ’20

Global Scholars Program

The Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop gives Columbia faculty and students the opportunity to travel the globe and conduct comparative research in real-world settings.

  • Juan J. Guzman ’19
  • David M. Kaminsky ’19
  • Eric Li ’19
  • Aaron Z. Smithson ’19
  • Sam Velasquez ’18
  • Karen Xia ’18
  • Michelle Yan ’20
  • Kelie Zhao ’19

Hadrian’s Villa Interdepartmental Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art for students who wish to participate in the Hadrian’s Villa: The Archaeology of an Imperial Court summer program held in Italy.

  • Audrey B. Andrews ’19
  • Daniela C. Echeverria ’18
  • Adam J. Elkhadem ’18
  • Nathan T. Katkin ’18
  • Antonia C. Leggett ’19
  • Matthew J. Padgett ’20
  • Harrison T. Voss ’20
  • Titus Willis ’18

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

  • Katrina A. Martell ’16

Nobuhisa and Marcia Ishizuka Global Fellowship in East Asian Studies

Established by Nobuhisa Ishizuka CC’82, LAW’86, leader of Skadden’s Tokyo office, and his wife, Marcia Ishizuka GSAPP’86, the Nobuhisa and Marcia Ishizuka Global Fellowship in East Asian Studies provides a summer study abroad grant for students studying Japanese language and culture, or other East Asian languages and cultures, whose research and interests include Japan.

  • Rose I. Hinman ’16

Phyllis Stevens Sharp Fellowship in American Politics

Phyllis Stevens Sharp’s ongoing interest in Columbia undergraduate education and American politics inspired her son, John Stevens Sharp ’79, GSAS’80, GSAS’82, to honor her with a Columbia endowment that benefits Political Science majors and concentrators. The Phyllis Stevens Sharp Fellowship Fund in American Politics supports undergraduate research and internships in American politics and policymaking.

  • Anjelica L. Neslin ’16

Richard and Brooke Kamin Rapaport Summer Music Performance Fellowship

Established in 1993 by Brooke Kamin Rapaport and Richard A. Rapaport ’69, this music fellowship is awarded to Columbia College students who are particularly gifted in musical performance, composition or conducting.

  • Elena S. Ariza ’20
  • Conner L. Duke ’18
  • Alec B. Hon ’18
  • Daniel Kim ’20
  • Joseph Morag ’18
  • Thomas E. Nielsen ’18
  • Kelly Talim ’18

Richard Lewis Kohn Travelling Fellowship

Established in 1959 in memory of Richard Lewis Kohn ’60, this fellowship is awarded annually to a well-qualified student to supplement work in the College with study during junior year in Great Britain.

  • Rostom Bouazizi ’19

Richmond B. Williams Travelling Fellowship

Established in 1988 through a bequest from the estate of Richmond B. Williams ’25, JRN’25, this fellowship is awarded annually to Columbia College juniors majoring in English for summer research requiring travel.

  • Sarah Y. Bai ’18
  • Thomas E. Nielsen ’18

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships to a select group of motivated undergraduates who will benefit from the opportunity for hands-on biology-related laboratory research. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something new while learning to overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research. Under the auspices of the SURF program, fellowships are also awarded through the Amgen Scholars Program, Genentech, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

  • Samantha F. Bottom-Tanzer ’17
  • Daniel H. Vaccaro ’17
  • Julian A. Yano ’18

Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship

Offered through the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, this fellowship was established to assist students in addressing problems that impact not just one country or region, but that reflect the challenges of the globalized world in which we live. This fellowship is available to Columbia juniors who seek to conduct policy-oriented research for a senior thesis that is truly global in nature.

  • Max Binder ’18
  • Josue D. Chavez ’18
  • Timothy T. Diovanni ’18
  • Anish Gawande ’18
  • Matthew E. Malone ’18
  • Benjamin J. Preneta ’18
  • Jesse P. Thorson ’18

Columbia College Post-Graduate Fellowships

Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship

Established in 1932 through a bequest from the estate of Euretta Jane Schlegel, this fellowship provides two consecutive years of study at Oxford University or Cambridge University for two Columbia College seniors who have shown exceptional proficiency in the study of liberal arts.

  • Paula E. Gaither ’17
  • Evan H. Garnick ’17

Harry J. Carman Fellowship

Established in 1949 in honor of Dean Harry J. Carman GSAS 1919, this fellowship is awarded annually for advanced study to a Columbia College senior who exhibits intellectual promise.

  • Michael J. Abolafia ’17

Henry Evans Travelling Fellowship

Established in 1928 by Mrs. Henry Evans in memory of her husband, Henry Evans 1881, this prize is awarded annually to seniors who are planning to undertake a creative research project that requires travel.

  • Michael J. Abolafia ’17
  • Nadine Fattaleh ’17
  • Elsa M. Hoover ’17

Holthusen-Schindler Scholarship

Established in 2001 through a bequest from the estate of Lenore Holthusen GS’51 in memory of her husband, Henry Holthusen 1915, LAW 1917, this scholarship provides financial support to current seniors and alumni with financial need who are continuing their education at the Columbia Law School.

  • Mari Hok’te Hulbutta ’14
  • Kunal Kanodia ’17
  • Natasha G. Newman ’12

Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Fellowship

Established in 2005 by Jarvis and Constance Doctorow, this fellowship is awarded annually to a senior for study at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University.

  • Elana S. Sulakshana ’17
  • Daphne L. Chen ’14

External Fellowships

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics and engineering.

  • Catherine R. Zhang ’18

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduates to pursue academic studies abroad with the goal of helping them prepare to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

  • Lauren B. Arnett ’19
  • Christiena P. Auguste ’18
  • Lemlem A. Baraki ’18
  • Nannette A. Boakye ’20
  • Anne Karin Li ’18
  • Jeffery A. Lopez ’19
  • Yasmeen Metellus ’20
  • Paola Ripoll ’20
  • Kimberly M. Sanchez ’19

Critical Language Scholarship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers fully-funded intensive summer language institutes for U.S. university students in 13 critical foreign languages.

  • Kaatje S. Greenberg ’18
  • Benjamin C. Regas ’19

Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship

Established in 1932 through a bequest from the estate of Euretta Jane Schlegel, this fellowship provides two consecutive years of study at Oxford University or Cambridge University for two Columbia College seniors who have shown exceptional proficiency in the study of liberal arts.

  • Paula E. Gaither ’17
  • Evan H. Garnick ’17

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Founded in 2001 to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia, the Freeman-ASIA program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with firsthand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

  • Eli C. Olmstead ’19
  • Deborah A. Pantaleon ’20

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants for students and young professionals to undertake individually-designed international research and study projects or primary and secondary school teaching in English-language classrooms. During their grant periods, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and thereby promoting mutual understanding.

  • Miranda H. Arakelian ’17
  • Daniel O. Bergerson ’17
  • Vivian Chen ’17
  • Mj Engel ’17
  • Eliana Kanefield ’17
  • Catalina Piccato ’17
  • Martin A. Ridge ’17
  • Brooke C. Robbins ’17
  • Makeda H. Yohannes ’17
  • Rebecca C. Pawel ’99

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to seniors who have achieved academic excellence, are a good fit with Cambridge University, have leadership potential and are committed to working for the greater good. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

  • Sophie C. Wilkowske ’17

Princeton in Africa

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

  • Ayesha A. Agarwal ’17
  • Daphne L. Chen ’14
  • Jordana S. Narin ’17
  • Dylan Okabe-Jawdat ’17

Yenching Academy Scholarship

This scholarship for the Yenching Academy, a college integrated within China’s leading university, prepares a diverse group of exceptional international and Chinese students with the knowledge of China that they need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders.

  • Wina Huang ’17