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Presidential Global Fellowships

December 15, 2016
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Various Overseas Locations
First Year


Funded with a seed grant by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowships provide first-year undergraduates who are seeking to develop a strong global foundation and a deeper understanding of the world around them with a unique opportunity to enrich their Columbia education beginning in the summer after their first year of college.

Each fellowship underwrites participation in a Columbia summer study abroad program (including tuition and fee waivers, round-trip travel to the program site, and a living allowance recommended by the program), and also provides enhanced advising and programming before, during, and after the summer that supports the recipient in developing personal global education plans.  Fellows will have special meetings before and after the summer to help them develop their thinking about global education and their development as global citizens.

The program’s goals are that each fellow will:

  • discover a new perspective about an issue, discipline, or body of knowledge;
  • build knowledge and a network that empowers integrating their international experience back on campus and continuing exploration of global opportunities; and
  • develop global competencies such as cultural knowledge, foreign language skills, critical thinking, and cross-cultural communication.

Candidates must be current first-year students in Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies with a college GPA of 3.0 or better who have applied for admission to a Columbia summer study abroad program by the fellowship application deadline.  Candidates must also be committed to the fellowship’s goals and willing to participate in pre- and post-program activities, meetings, and campus engagement.   

Interested candidates must apply separately to their intended summer study abroad program and to the fellowship program through the Office of Global Programs website.

Meet the 2016, 2015, and 2014 Presidential Global Fellows!