Fellowship Opportunities

The following opportunities are tenable during your undergraduate career (such as study abroad, summer internships, fellowships, and scholarships), as well as post-graduation, with opportunities ranging from graduate school and long-term internships to working abroad. 

Current Opportunities

The Clinical Bioethics Fellowship Program of the National Institutes of Health offers a two-year immersion in bioethics to college graduates contemplating careers in law, medicine, or academia.  Fellows begin by taking coursework in the discipline of bioethics, attending in-patient rounds, learning statistics, and working on research projects; in their second year, fellows offer ethics consultations.*

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Business promotes the education and careers of future MBA students who want to use their influence in the business world to promote diversity in their community or workplace. Membership in the Consortium comes with multiple benefits, including a pre-MBA orientation program, the chance to receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and recruiting opportunities.

The Forte Fellows Program offers financial assistance to women pursuing full- or part-time MBA degrees at any of 50 top business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Fellows also benefit from leadership conferences, networking events, and mentoring opportunities. No special application is required, as each participating school selects its own Forte participants. Prepare to qualify by mentoring women or girls or showing leadership in a cause concerning women.*

The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise offers a modest weekly stipend to Columbia undergraduates intent on spending the summer in the service of the public good. Step 1:  Line up an internship at a non-profit organization or at a for-profit social venture with a clearly defined social or environmental mission. Step 2: Apply for the grant.* (F, Soph, J, NGS). 

The Environmental Scholarship funded by the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and an anglers’ association, the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, offers $3,500 each year to a rising senior, studying environmental sciences or related disciplines, and planning on a career in environmental protection or riparian habitat conservation.* (J)

The Evolving Earth Student Grant Program offers grants to undergraduates who are researching topics related to the earth sciences, broadly defined. Recent recipients have studied topics in geology, evolution, environmental change, and paleontology.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Global Fellows in Sustainable Development Program will fund your overseas fieldwork or coursework, or your off-campus research assistantship or internship, if any of these are related to your studies in sustainable development.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Udall Scholarship will contribute to covering the expenses of a student's junior or senior year. To win, students must show that they are strongly committed to preserving or enhancing the environment.* (Soph, J)

The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship pays for a year's residency in Paris for artists and musicians. During the year, fellows enroll in a French art school or music conservatory and complete a detailed project of their own devising.

The Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship will send you abroad for a year to film your exotic documentary, paint your dream landscape, study your favorite architect, or pursue some other independent project in the arts.*

The Worldstudio Foundation gives cash grants to financially needy students who are working towards undergraduate degrees in fine arts or photography. * (F, Soph, J)


The American Australian Association Education Fund offers American students the opportunity to study in Australia for their master’s degrees, all expenses paid. Eligible fields include journalism, sustainability, technology, science, medicine, or health care policy. Apply for this scholarship before securing a place in an Australian university; do that next, with the help of the Foundation’s own staff. 

The Beinecke Fellowship promises to contribute $30,000 towards your doctoral degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. You need to show not only that--as a college junior--you are already an outstanding scholar-in-the-making, but also that you have a very clear idea of that problems you hope to tackle in your graduate research. (J)

The Clarendon Scholarship (Oxford) and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship (Cambridge) will fund your study for any degree in any field offered, from astrophysics to business administration to studio art. Depending on the length of the degree program, your award can last for one, two, or three years.*

The DAAD Study Scholarship will pay for a postgraduate year in Germany, during which you may study almost any field independently or complete a full master’s degree program.

The Dalai Lama Fellowship offers emerging leaders a rigorous, interdisciplinary program on ways to be a different kind of leader, a leader that connects and cares for self, extends genuine compassion to others, and works for our common humanity. It recruits 20 developing leaders under 35 from around the world whose vision of constructive change begins with contemplative self-awareness and extends outward to society as a whole. The fellowship includes online learning, personal coaching, and a gathering in Charlottesville in June.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship seeks high-achieving students who aim, in their future careers as college professors, to exemplify and speak for the diversity of human experience. Aspiring scholars seeking PhD’s in any discipline of the arts and sciences are invited to apply. Benefits include a modest tuition grant, a $20,000 annual stipend for three years, and admission to the exclusive Conference of Ford Fellows.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will pay for you to follow your dreams abroad during an entire academic year. Your project may include coursework, independent research, and/or professional training in the arts or other fields.

The Institute of Current World Affairs sponsors its fellows for two full years while they live abroad, carrying out self-designed programs of independent study on subjects of topical interest.*

The Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Andover Academy focuses on students of color (and all those committed to diversity in education) seeking graduate degrees on their way to a teaching career at any level.  Abundant guidance in choosing the right programs and writing the application essays is provided, plus a month-long immersion in critical, cultural, and educational theory for summer workshop participants .* (J, S)

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship will contribute $14,000 toward your senior year tuition. You need only have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of research or scholarship.* (J)

The King’s College London Postgraduate Funding will contribute to your tuition and fees as you study for a master’s degree in any field at King’s College.*

The Knight-Hennessy Fellowship is seeking 100 top-performing and idealistic students from around the world to embark upon graduate study in any field (including law, business, medicine, and the arts) at Stanford. Scholars must be dedicated to finding “scalable” solutions to the major problems facing humanity today, be they in the domains of public health, environmental degradation, social inequality, or political conflict. The fellowship program offers full tuition, a residential haven, leadership skill-building, and a staunchly interdisciplinary outlook.*

The Leopold Schepp Foundation awards scholarships of up to $9,000 per year to full-time college students under 30 years of age. Mr. Schepp’s purpose in establishing the Leopold Schepp Foundation was to encourage the very best impulses in a young student’s life and to help in a substantial way those who wish to make the most of their opportunities.* (F, Soph, J) 

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia.

The Marshall Scholarship will pay for graduate study in Britain in any field for a one- or two-year degree program (renewable for a third year).

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides valuable research training, faculty mentorship, and financial support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in the professoriate, and whose intellectual and social commitments embody those of the late Dr. Benjamin Mays. Students from underrepresented minority groups, as well as students with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity, are eligible to apply.* (Soph)

The Mitchell Scholarship will pay for graduate study in Ireland in any one-year degree program.

The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of study at Oxford in any field. American citizens and permanent residents can apply for an American Rhodes, but there are parallel Rhodes competitions for residents of Canada, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, and seven other countries. In the U.S., you must be no older than 24 when you apply; other jurisdictions have different age limits.*

The Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute seeks five New York-area juniors who are dedicated to the humanities and who wish to spend the summer studying the recent history of the African Diaspora in multi-disciplinary seminars led by eminent scholars.* (J)

The St. Andrew Society of New York invites three American college graduates to go to Scotland each year and pursue a master’s degree in any field. A generous stipend covers most expenses. To apply, you must demonstrate academic achievement, make clear your study objectives, establish your financial need, and give evidence of Scottish ancestry, however attenuated it may be. (S)

The Summer Research Program of the Leadership Alliance offers students from under-represented groups a fully funded summer of research at any one of two dozen top American universities (including Columbia). Work under a faculty mentor; gain an insider’s perspective on academic research; present your findings at a symposium; and make valuable connections. You will need at least a year and a summer left in your undergraduate career, a desire to pursue a PhD, and at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. (F, Soph, J).

The Capital Fellows Program will place you in various levels of California’s executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government while you attend a weekly graduate seminar at Sacramento State. You need not be Californian, but must have a passionate interest in the Golden State.*

The Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program will give you the chance to do research in international affairs and public policy at one of Washington’s best-known think tanks—and will pay you a generous stipend along the way.*

The Chamberlain Fellowship offers a year-long opportunity to contribute to the work of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.   Analyze laws and track trends in higher education, the labor market, and the realm of advanced technology.* 

The City Hall Fellow Program gives you a chance to work with a senior official in Baton Rouge, San Francisco, or other exotic locale while taking a year-long seminar in the operations of city government.*

Columbia University's own Congressional Internship Stipend Program, which is managed by the office of Government and Community Affairs, helps to cover the living expenses of a Pell-eligible undergraduates who have secured (or are about to secure) internships in Congressional offices in Washington D.C.* (F, Soph, J)

The Coro Fellowship offers you an intense year of internships, seminars, and introductions at the highest level. You would be a good candidate if you are a public-spirited individual seeking a career in government or non-profit leadership.*

The Google Policy Fellowship offers technologically-minded students the chance to immerse themselves in any of the issues raised by the rise of the internet, from individual privacy and government surveillance to copyright protection and the ubiquity of pirated entertainment. Fellows work at a public interest organization with a pertinent policy focus for 10-12 weeks and collect a generous stipend.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Humanity in Action Fellowship offers you a five-week intensive summer seminar in human rights in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, or Warsaw.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The John Lewis Fellowship, the domestic counterpart to the flagship Humanity in Action fellowship, unites American and European students in Atlanta, Georgia, to study the changing context of prejudice in the U.S. Fellows learn from academics and activists; visit sites associated with the civil rights movement; and explore different approaches to rectifying injustices. (Soph, J, S)

The McDonald Cadet Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York brings together 84 students with outstanding leadership potential from across the U.S. and around the globe. Participants spend four days working in teams to discuss and brainstorm solutions to some of the most pressing problems today’s world. The teams are led by influential leaders from the spheres of business, politics, and the arts. (J, S)*

The NYC Urban Fellows Program introduces you to all aspects of running a city by combining a 9-month internship in a municipal agency with a series of intensive seminars on NYC government.*

The Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program pays for a two-year master's degree, arranges internships, provides extra mentoring, and offers a straight-line path into the Foreign Service of the Agency for International Development. Graduate study may be undertaken in many fields, from economics to languages; but a desire to promote the development of the third-world lands is a must.

The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship will finance your master’s degree in International Affairs, business administration, political science, foreign language, or any other subject useful in diplomacy. In exchange you must agree to work three years for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

The Presidential Fellows Program of the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency seeks politically-minded undergraduates interested in careers in public service. Fellows conduct independent research at their home universities and attend two three-day leadership conferences in Washington, D.C., where they discuss domestic and foreign affairs and mingle with government VIPs.* (J, S)

The Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowships offer a boost to college students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who seek a career in public service. Recipients of the award benefit from a Junior Summer Institute before their senior year of college and receive a $5,000 grant towards the cost of their graduate studies in policy, administration, or internal affairs.* (J, NGS)

The Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Each Fellow will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship and must obtain a graduate degree in a field of study relevant to a career in the State Department Foreign Service.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer enrichment program at Howard University for undergraduates contemplating a career in international affairs. In addition to coursework on economics and the history of American foreign policy, Rangel Scholars meet with luminaries of the international sphere and learn about fellowships and career options. Tuition, travel, and stipend included.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship will place you as a junior staff member in one many NGO’s in Washington focusing on peace and security. Salaried and insured, you will work alongside seasoned professionals investigating such fields as disarmament, conflict prevention, and climate change.*

The Phyllis Stevens Sharp Fellowship supports political science majors who want to use the summer to do research in American politics or take an unpaid, public-spirited internship.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Roger Pilon Fellowship of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University will award up to two $10,000 fellowships to each of two full-time GS students. The fellowships are intended for students who are attracted to the ideas of the classical liberal or libertarian tradition and are planning academic careers in political philosophy, economics, or American history, or legal careers in libertarian public-interest law. Veterans of our armed forces will receive special consideration. Apply in the spring for the next academic year. (F, Soph, J)

The State Department Summer Internship seeks undergraduates interested in government, diplomacy, and international relations to work in any one of the U.S. embassies worldwide or in Washington. A select number of priority internships offer pay and housing. (F, Soph, J, NGS or S attending graduate school next year)

The Truman Fellowship contributes $30,000 towards your master's, doctoral, or professional degree in law, public administration, international affairs, or other public-spirited field. You need to prove that you have the makings of a leader in government, education, or other non-profit sector. (J)

The Washington Leadership Program for South Asian Americans offers college students of South Asian heritage summer internships in Congressional offices and government agencies as well as a structured leadership curriculum. Stipend and networking opportunities included.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship is a three-week, all-expenses paid study trip for college graduates of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds who have studied the Holocaust or related fields including Jewish history and human rights. Fellows gather in New York before traveling to small towns throughout Poland and will study the collections and participate in workshops at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.* (S)

The Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians Fellowship offers fellowships to performers and composers in classical disciplines for advanced music study and performance abroad. Fellowship stipends are $22,000; seniors in all majors are eligible to apply.

The Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Program in the Humanities funds top-level graduates students in the humanities as they pursue their studies at the University of Oxford. In addition to a generous stipend, the scholarship includes extra mentoring opportunities and a private study space at Ertegun House, a renovated Georgian mansion in the heart of town.*

The Schwarzman Scholars invites 200 college graduates each year to Tsinghua University in Beijing, where they will live in a new residential college and pursue an M.A. in public policy, economics, or international affairs. There will be much emphasis on leading: seminars, mentors, and internships will teach how to anticipate trends and transform organizations.*

The David-Weill Scholarship is awarded every other year to an American graduate of a top university who wishes to obtain a master’s degree from Sciences Po in Paris. The scholarship offers two years’ worth of tuition and expenses to pursue any field at this storied French institution. Maximum age: 25.

The Yenching Academy seeks 120-150 high-achieving students from around the world to prepare for international leadership by earning a one-year Master of China Studies degree at historic Peking University in Beijing. Yenching Scholars share a residential college, take their courses in English, learn Chinese, and benefit from internships and career advising.*

The Cabot Trust believes in individual initiative and personal change. To collect one of its grants, worth up to $25,000, you must develop a socially valuable proposal and show how you will grow from carrying it out. Past winners have created public theater in Maine, designed water-powered houses in Bangkok, and fostered community reconciliation in California.* (F, Soph, J, S). 

The Clinton Global Initiative University is an annual three-day conference that brings together college students, topic experts, and celebrities committed to solving global problems. To participate, students prepare a "Commitment to Action," a concrete plan addressing a pressing problem in the field of education, sustainability, peace, poverty, human rights, or public health. The best of these plans obtain seed money in an open competition at the conference.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The William J. Clinton Fellowship of the American India Foundation invites you to join the struggle for economic development in India by accepting a year-long assignment in an Indian NGO.*

The Echoing Green Fellowship will pay you a salary and health insurance, and provide you with abundant moral and technical support, as you try to launch your own organization that works for social betterment anywhere in the world.*

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship offers a two-year internship to college graduates who want to make careers as leaders in the social impact sphere. Fellows are placed in top non-profit organizations in New York, Boston, or Philadelphia. They draw a salary, obtain health insurance, receive one-to-one mentoring, and grow in leadership skills at well-planned retreats. The two-year commitment with its prolonged opportunity for personal development sets this fellowship apart.*

The Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. *

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Fellowship Program is characterized by the observation of Richard M. Weaver that “a liberal education specifically prepares for the achievement of freedom.” Each year ISI grants Richard M. Weaver Fellowships to students who intend to use their advanced degree to teach, and Henry Salvatori Fellowships to students doing graduate work related to the American Founding. Each of these fellowships seeks to uphold the idea of academic excellence and the role of education in producing persons capable of making reasoned choices in favor of liberty.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program invites you to join the fight against hunger by serving half a year in a community-based organization and half a year in a Washington-based agency or non-profit. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.*

The Humanity in Action fellowship offers you a five-week intensive summer seminar in human rights in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, or Warsaw.*

The NYC Service Fellowship invites you to help the City run its new volunteerism initiative. You will earn a real salary while supervising a cadre of volunteers and developing skills appropriate to government service.*

The Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience gives college graduates the opportunity to volunteer for a year at one of 30 Pittsburgh non-profit agencies. Participants enjoy group living in designated houses, a weekly leadership seminar, and weekend retreats.*

The Princeton in Latin America Fellowship has ties with NGO’s throughout Latin America, allowing you to spend a year working for the good in Buenos Aires, Asuncion, or some other southerly locale. Fellows have, among other worthy endeavors, studied population trends, advocated for human rights, and fostered entrepreneurship at the village level.*

Sponsored by the philanthropist Kathryn Davis, the Project for Peace initiative invites undergraduates to design their own projects to resolve conflicts or dismantle barriers to mutual comprehension anywhere in the world. If you are one of the winners, you get $10,000 to implement your ideas over the summer.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Tanner Fund for Social Ventures provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to Columbia students and other affiliates launching socially or environmentally conscious ventures, ideally ones that promise to be financially self-sustaining in the long term. * (F, Soph, J, S)

The Van Amson Service Fellowship, funded by Columbia’s own Community Impact, offers a $3,000 stipend to a student who has secured a full-time, unpaid summer internship/service opportunity at a nonprofit organization in New York City.*  (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Google Journalism Fellowship is aimed at students of all disciplines interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The program entails one week at Google’s California headquarters followed by nine weeks at partner organizations with a focus on data driven journalism, building news apps, online free expression, and rethinking the business of journalism. Stipend and travel allowance included.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science offers students of the sciences, social sciences, computing, or mathematics the opportunity to work at a one of many prestigious media organizations around the country, where they learn how to address non-specialists about matters of scientific complexity. Stipend and travel expenses included.* (Soph, J, NGS)  

The Boren Scholarship an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) Undergraduate Research Fellowship will provide up to $1500 to fund juniors pursuing senior thesis research in France or a francophone country or region during the summer between their junior and senior years. (J)

The Blakemore Freeman Language Grant will pay you to perfect your knowledge of any Asian language by studying it full time for a year in the country where it is spoken. Your academic, professional, or business goals must require regular use of the language.*

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman for a nine-month program.*

The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange recruits 75 young Americans each year to sojourn in Germany and learn about the country from the inside. The program unspools in phases: first, study German intensively; then, take courses in your field of interest; and finally, work alongside real Germans in a well-chosen internship. Travel, tuition, and housing costs included. You must be 24 or younger when your fellowship year begins. (F, Soph, J, S).  

The Critical Languages Scholarships (CLS) is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. More than a dozen critical languages are offered, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Kathryn Davis Fellowship will pay all tuition and living expenses as you study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian in the Summer Language Schools at Middlebury College.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to assist meritorious students undergo training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. You must be prepared to study the language of your choice on an intermediate or advanced level. (Soph, J)

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to enhance your Yiddish studies at Columbia. Fellows travel first to Israel, where they take a month-long language course at Tel Aviv University; they then they spend a week Poland, where they explore the remnants of Yiddish culture in the company of a Columbia professor. * (F, Soph, J, S)

The Language Flagship Program pays for your master’s degree in Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, or Persian. You spend one year stateside, studying the language at a designated American university, and one year abroad, learning the language where it is spoken. You must agree to work for the federal government for one or two years subsequently.

The Wm. Theodore de Bary Fellowship was created to help Columbia’s international students study abroad over the summer. It offers up to $8,000 in funding for such students to study a South Asian language intensively. You must begin with an intermediate level of Bengali, Hindi, Urdu or kindred tongues; advance from there with Mr. de Bary’s largesse. (U.S. students, similarly motivated, should look to Gilman, CLS, or FLAS.)* F, Soph, J, S

The Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice supports more than 15 undergraduates each summer with weekly stipends as they intern at criminal justice organizations in the New York area. Participants learn about the city’s social problems in general and its criminal justice system in particular.* (F, Soph, J)

The Soros Fellowship for New Americans will pay a good portion of your tuition and expenses in any graduate program. You must be a permanent resident, naturalized citizen, or child of naturalized citizens.*

The Adamah Fellowship offers Jewish adults between the ages of 20 and 32 three months’ worth of hard work on an organic farm in the Connecticut Berkshires. Fellows till the fields, milk the goats, pickle the cucumbers, absorb the meaning of sustainability, and contemplate the spiritual meaning of it all.* (F, Soph, J, S)  

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund aims to provide financial support to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Limited to citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the U.S.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Leo Baeck Summer University is a six-week, English-language summer school in Jewish studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Participants come from all over the world to contemplate the specific history of the Jews in Germany and the nature of Jewish identity, as a cultural and religious phenomenon, throughout the Diaspora. Financial aid is available for students with need.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Rose Biller Scholarship Fund of the United Jewish Appeal offers scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to New York-area Jewish undergraduates, permanent residents or citizens, with at least sophomore standing.* (Soph, J, S)

The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program housed at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at NYU matches undergraduates interested in Jewish life and culture with paid internships at profit-making and non-profit organizations in the New York area. Leadership training, networking, and socializing included. (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Scholarship awards scholarships in varying amounts to African-American undergraduates who are oriented towards community service and are, ideally, residing in a CBC member district. (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Scholarship Program aims to support Latino students in four-year colleges with one-time grants. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and an orientation to public service.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Goldman Fellowship of the American Jewish Committee offers a summer’s worth of mentored work in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, or management. Work in one of the AJC offices throughout the world; meet diplomats and other dignitaries; collect stipend and travel expenses.* (J, S)

Heritage Greece, sponsored by the National Hellenic Society, offers a two-week journey to Greece with the aim of reacquainting Greek-America college students with their cultural and linguistic heritage. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers merit-based scholarships to undergraduates whose ancestry is at least one-quarter Hispanic. The amount of the award depends on the student’s financial need.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The National Italian American Foundation offers dozens of scholarships to undergraduates in all fields of study who can claim Italian ancestry and a 3.5 GPA. A separate program supports students of any background whose academic interests lie within the Italian linguistic, historical, or cultural tradition.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship Fund of the United Jewish Appeal helps Jewish students from overseas pay for their secular studies.*  (F, Soph, J, S)

The Order of the Sons of Italy in America offers 10-12 merit-based scholarships, known as National Leadership Grants. To be eligible, you must have at least one Italian grandparent and you must be prepared to expatiate on the self-esteem you derive from your Italian-American identity. (F, Soph, J)

The Point Foundation offers scholarships to LGBTQ students, enrolled full-time in college, whose high grades, leadership skills, and success in overcoming barriers promise great things for their future. Recipients must be willing to talk openly about their experiences.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Stonewall Foundation’s Levin-Goffe Scholarship sponsors LGBTQI immigrants who, without having yet attained permanent residency, are seeking to integrate themselves into American life through a college education. The scholarship offers two years' worth of tuition support not exceeding $12,500 per year.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Stonewall Foundation’s Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship offers three $3,000 college scholarships each year to LGBTQ women who can demonstrate a history of personal commitment to academic excellence and community service.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Washington Leadership Program for South Asian Americans offers college students of South Asian heritage summer internships in Congressional offices and government agencies as well as a structured leadership curriculum. Stipend + abundant networking opportunities included.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Leland International Hunger Fellows Program of the Congressional Hunger Center allows fellows to spend a year abroad working on such issues as maternal nutrition, climate change adaptation, and women’s empowerment; they then return to Washington, D.C. for a year of policy-related work. Stipend, health insurance, and professional development opportunities are provided.*

The Truman Fellowship contributes $30,000 towards your master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in law, public administration, international affairs, or other public-spirited field. You need to prove that you have the makings of a leader in government, education, or the non-profit sector.


The Robert N. Butler Undergraduate Summer Internships in Aging seeks to inspire undergraduates to become leaders in the field of aging, whether as physicians, social scientists, journalists, or politicians. Students will have the chance to read the literature, analyze policies, help out with research, and in other ways imbibe the interdisciplinary expertise Aging Center.* (J, S)

The Health Research Training Program of the New York City Department of Health will give you supervised, hands-on experience fighting one of the many City’s public health woes, from obesity to tuberculosis; part-time during the year, full- or part-time for the summer.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Health Scholars Program at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health provides a rigorous, hands-on introduction to the field of public health. Gain experience in the field, working with underserved groups; take field trips to communities throughout the city; attend introductory courses; collect stipend and enjoy free housing. Minority status a plus. (Soph, J, S)

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (open to low-income and rural students as well as those from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds) aims to expose students to the field of global health and health disparities research. Run by Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, this research-focused summer program offers science and social-science majors a comprehensive introduction to research methods followed by an eight-week field placement in the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya, or Swaziland. Travel, living expenses, and a modest stipend are included.* (Soph, J)


The American Chemical Society Scholars Program offers renewable awards to African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students who are pursuing chemistry or related fields such as environmental science.* (F, Soph, J)

The Amgen Scholars Program invites aspiring research scientists in biology, chemistry, and interconnected fields to spend the summer doing research at any of 10 host institutions in the U.S., including Columbia, UC Berkeley, and the National Institutes of Health. Stipend and travel grant included.* (Soph, J, NGS)

The Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship offers a scholarship to members of minority groups studying any of the environmental sciences, including biology, geology, or ecology.* (J, S)

The Chien Shiung Wu Summer Research Fellowship wants to open the doors of scientific research to GS freshmen. First take Frontiers of Science; then apply for the fellowship, regardless of your scientific interest. You will be paired with a faculty mentor and receive a $5,000 stipend to devote your summer to the research endeavor.* (F)

The Churchill Foundation Scholarship will pay for your year at Churchill College, Cambridge University, as you study for a master’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences.

The Columbia Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Cal Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Summer in Biomedical Science are among the many such programs around the country that offer you generous stipends to conduct a summer's worth of supervised biological research, culminating in an original research article or poster presentation.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship Program offers 10 weeks of quality summer research experience to students interested in applying science, social science, technology, or mathematics to the pressing questions of homeland security. Interns gain an immersion in such topics as biological threats and advanced data analysis. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Evolving Earth Student Grant Program offers grants to undergraduates who are researching topics related to the earth sciences, broadly defined. Recent recipients have studied topics in geology, evolution, environmental change, and paleontology.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The GEM Fellowship Program encourages African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students to pursue a PhD in the sciences (or a master’s degree in engineering) by offering full scholarships and stipend support at participating universities, as well as guaranteed summer internships at some of the nation’s top corporate and government employers.*

The Goldwater Scholarship will contribute towards a student's junior or senior year if they can demonstrate that they intend to devote their professional life to scientific or mathematical research.* (Soph, J)

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program of the National Science Foundation aims to identify and support future leaders in the world of science and mathematics. Fellows, who must be pursuing research-based MS or PhD degree within the U.S., receive a generous annual stipend for three years as well as gold-plated opportunities for international research.

The Hertz Foundation Fellowship offers support worth more than $30,000 per year to graduate students beginning work towards a PhD in any of the applied sciences (including biology, mathematics, and statistics).*

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, offers a 10-week summer research internship for science and math students in the field of fossil energy research. Open to all undergraduates pursuing suitable majors; female and minority students especially encouraged to apply. (Soph, J, S)

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship offers graduate fellowships, tenable for 3 years each, to students embarking on graduate study in one of 15 supported disciplines, including biology, geology, computer science, and math. The 200 fellows each year are able to pursue the research agenda of their choice while in graduate school. Recipients incur no obligation to serve the military establishment upon completion of their studies.

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program will support you as your pursue biomedical research in a fast-track PhD program at Oxford or Cambridge.*

The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program invites you to Paris in the summertime to conduct research on infectious diseases at one of the world’s most cosmopolitan biomedical laboratories (J, S)

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship, offered by the U.S. Department of Defense, will underwrite the full cost of your GS tuition as well as a book allowance and a living stipend. You must be majoring in one of a number of technical disciplines (including cognitive neuroscience, mathematics, physics, computers, or chemistry) and you must be willing to commit yourself to a year's worth of work at a security-oriented laboratory or research institution after you graduated for each year of funding that you receive.

The sTEAM Fellowship Program aims to give Columbia freshmen a real taste of scientific research. For 10 weeks over the summer, you will work on a team research project, asking questions that pull together multiple scientific disciplines, including physics, ecology, and environmental biology. Stipend, housing, and food allowance included.* (F) 

The STEP-UP Program of the National Institutes of Health offers a full summer of hands-on research for undergraduates (including graduating seniors) thinking about a career in biomedical research. Participants choose a mentor within commuting distance of home; spend the summer doing research on diabetes or other forms of metabolic diseases; and then present their findings at a symposium at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Open to first-generation college students; students from financially struggling families; students with disabilities; and students from racial, ethnic, cultural or geographic groups underrepresented in the sciences.*

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is designed for undergraduates (including graduating seniors) and Postbacs who will bring new perspectives to the health professions – including first-generation college students; students from impoverished families; and students from racial groups or geographic regions underrepresented in the healthcare field. The program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology; learning skills and test-taking strategies; and private guidance about improving one’s chances for admission. Stipend and housing included.*

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at the National Institutes of Health invites 1200 students each summer to work with leading scientists in Bethesda, Detroit, or elsewhere in the NIH’s far-flung biomedical empire. Jump into one of hundreds of ongoing research projects, attend career workshops, and draw a modest stipend.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Gerstner Sloane-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers 20 motivated undergraduates hands-on research experience in such fields as developmental biology, cell-cell interactions, and genomic integrity. Stipend and housing in NYC. (F, Soph, J)

The Undergraduate Research Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory brings 25 students from around the world to Long Island for a summer of supervised research in molecular biology and genomics, among other fields. Seminars on bioinformatics, computational neuroscience, and communicating like a scientist round out the summer’s activities. Room and board and stipend included.* (S, J)

The UM-SMART Undergrad Summer Program seeks to expose undergraduates (including graduating seniors) to the reality of biomedical research. Participants join faculty at the University of Michigan in their laboratory experiments; watch accomplished scientists present their research; shadow physicians making their rounds; and prepare for the MCAT. Stipend and housing included. Open to students from financially struggling families; students with disabilities; and students from racial, ethnic, cultural or geographic groups underrepresented in the sciences.*

The Trefil Science Scholarship of the Kosciuszko Foundation awards $5,000 to a qualified undergraduate student who is majoring in the Natural Sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, earth science, etc. (Soph, J, S)

The WAVE Fellows Program offers aspiring research scientists a stipend to go to Caltech’s Pasadena campus for the summer and to work on any project for which Caltech can provide a mentor. Though open to all, the program welcomes students who have the potential to diversify the scientific community, including women, first-generation college students, and students from poor and underrepresented backgrounds. Stipend and travel grant included.* (Soph, J, NGS)

The Beesen Global Research Fellowships encourage Columbia undergraduates to spend their summers in Paris, pursuing research or study projects of their own devising and perfecting their knowledge of French. The fellowships fund travel, housing, and other costs associated with a summer in the City of Lights. To apply, you must secure the support and supervision of a Columbia faculty mentor.*   (F, Soph, J, S)

The Beesen Global Travel Fellowships sponsor Columbia undergraduates summering in Paris while enrolled in the University’s French Studies Program or its Art or Music Humanities courses there. Grants of $5,000 fund recipients’ travel, housing, and tuition costs. To apply, first seek admission to the pertinent Paris program.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Bridging Scholarship will subsidize an undergraduate study-abroad program in Japan, for a term or an academic year, in any subject. Knowledge of Japanese not necessarily needed. (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowship will fund your ethnographic fieldwork in the summer between your junior and senior year, provided you are an anthropology major planning to write a senior thesis or an independent study of considerable length.* (J)

The Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) Undergraduate Research Fellowship supports the summer research projects of rising seniors who plan on writing a senior thesis with a humanistic or social science orientation that requires preparation by way of a sojourn in France or a Francophone country.* (J)

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes offer all-expense-paid summer courses for American undergraduates who have completed their freshman and sophomore years. Drawing upon the specific resources of the participating universities in England, Scotland, and Wales, the institutes cover such wide-ranging themes as "The Northern Borders of the Empire," "Shakespeare in Performance," and "The British City, Past and Present." (F, Soph)

The Fund for Education Abroad offers financial support to needy students planning to study abroad for at least four weeks in an academically rigorous program of their own choosing. Ideal candidates plan to head to a non-traditional destination, where they will perform some service work and immerse themselves in the local language; they are also committed to advocating for study abroad upon their return.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Harriman Institute Undergraduate Fellowship Program will support your field research in Eastern or Central Europe or any of the post-Soviet lands. Ideal for senior theses or other major projects, the award covers travel during winter break or the summer months.* (J, S)

The Kosciuszko Foundation Year Abroad Program supports undergraduates who wish to spend a semester or a year studying the Polish language at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Tuition waiver and living stipend included. (F, Soph, J)

The Kraft Global Fellows Program, administered by Columbia’s Office of the University Chaplain, invites undergraduates to pursue a research question of their own devising at one of the University’s Global Centers. The study proposal must be linked to the student’s current field of interest and promote intercultural or interfaith understanding. Airfare, local transportation, and housing costs covered for a maximum two-week stay.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Jerome Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation helps two kinds of students: Americans studying in France, and Frenchmen studying in the U.S. This award is for graduates and undergraduates in domestic, foreign, or dual degree programs who want to promote, while abroad, the ideals of religious and cultural tolerance. (F, Soph, J, S)*

The Mitsubishi-UFJ Trust Scholarship puts Japan within reach of Columbia students. It offers a full scholarship, including tuition and additional expenses, for a year’s worth of undergraduate or graduate study in any subject at a Japanese university. Applicants must be under 35 and in need of financial aid. Because many Japanese universities offer instruction in English, applicants need not speak Japanese.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Presidential Global Fellowship aims to identify and train a vanguard of Columbia undergraduates who embrace the challenge approaching their college education from a global perspective. Fellows, selected as freshmen, receive multiple benefits: the chance to study abroad, all expenses paid, at a Columbia-sponsored site in the summer before sophomore year; personal advising leading to a global education plan; group sessions to explore international careers; and alumni mentoring.* (F)

The Waseda University Global Leadership Fellows Program invites undergraduates from Columbia (and from five other top U.S. universities) to broaden their global outlook by spending a year alongside Waseda students in Japan. Residing together on the historic Tokyo campus, Global Fellows meet in groups to study the phenomenon of leadership and to gain practice in tackling trans-Pacific problems; individually, they pursue their separate interests in classes (offered in English) throughout the University.* (F, Soph, J)

The Weatherhead Undergraduate Training Grant will fund a student's summer research project (or unpaid internship) anywhere in East Asia. Students must have completed at least two courses in East Asian Studies before applying.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Zhi Xing Fellowship offers students leaders at American universities the chance to spend three weeks in China at the end of July and the beginning of August, all expenses paid. Participants learn all about China’s culture, history, and society. They visit different regions and, of course, befriend students from the mainland.* (F, Soph, J, S). 

The Teach for America program gives you five weeks of intensive teacher training, then sends you off for two years to a school in a poor region of the U.S., where you will try to help the disadvantaged children there achieve as well as their better-off peers. Your salary will be the same as that of other beginning teachers in your district.*

The Madison Graduate Fellowship will support you for two years as you study for a master’s degree in American history or government. In exchange you must promise to teach history for two years at the high school level.

The Math for America Fellowships are different from any other across the nation. They offer two four-year fellowships for accomplished New York City public school mathematics and science teachers. *

The Fulbright ETA (English Teach Assistant) Award will send you to teach English in one of many countries around the world and will pay your way and support you while you’re there. You can use your free time to pursue a project of your choosing.

The Teaching Assistant Program in France and the Teaching Assistant Program in Spain are sponsored by the respective Ministries of Education in these two neighboring countries. Each program recruits over 1400 North Americans every year to teach English part-time in K-12 schools. The work pays a modest stipend plus health insurance. To apply, students will need mere proficiency in French, or intermediate Spanish; experience working with youth is an advantage.* (Soph, J, S)

The Japan Exchange & Teaching program takes you to Japan for a year or more, to assist in the teaching of English at the elementary through high school level. You get the chance to learn Japanese and earn more than a million yen for the year.*

The Teach and Learn in Korea program invites native English speakers to lead after-school English classes for children in the rural provinces. In exchange for your six- or twelve-month commitment, you get a stipend, insurance, airfare, and a free pass to the palaces in Seoul.*

The Princeton in Asia Fellowship offers over a hundred opportunities each year to teach English in Asian countries from Indonesia to Kazakhstan. You pay will be modest, but your workweek brief, so you will have time for cultural immersion and independent projects.*

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and Pennsylvania. As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district.

The WorldTeach program sends college students and recent graduates to developing countries around the world to teach English (or, less commonly, math, science, or computing skills). Volunteers gain language, communication, and leadership skills. A modest living allowance covers day-to-day expenses for year-long volunteers; summer volunteers receive no stipend. (F, Soph, J, S)

The American Australian Association Veterans Fund  wants to entice U.S. military veterans to study Down Under with a generous year-long fellowship. Veterans are welcome to pursue any field, whether at either the graduate or undergraduate level. You may apply for this scholarship before securing a place in an Australian university; do that next, with the help of the Association’s own staff. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Tillman Military Scholarship offers renewable grants in the $10,000 range (depending on financial need) to veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. armed forced who are pursuing their college degrees on a full-time basis. Besides military service, applicants should have a record of personal achievement and a demonstrated potential for leadership. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund sponsors women from developing countries who are completing their degrees in the U.S. and who aim to return to the developing world to improve the lives of women and children there.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The Philanthropic Educational Organization helps women pay for college through two distinct programs. The Educational Loan Fund offers loans at low interest, while the Program for Continuing Education offers grants to women who have had to interrupt their higher education for two years or more. (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund aims to make a significant contribution towards the educational expenses of five or more New York-based female undergraduates over 35.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Women and Public Policy Summer Internship will—for a modest fee—help you land a policy-oriented summer internship in the nation’s capital. Once there, the program will connect you with women leaders and help you build your job-hunting skills.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Grant provides awards of up to $10,000 to motivated young Americans who create and carry out their own meaningful service projects abroad.*

The Columbia Experience Overseas program offers Columbia students high quality internship experiences in a diverse array of industries in Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore. As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become more important to successfully navigate and meet the demands of the changing work environment.* (F, Soph, J. S)

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship sponsors a dozen U.S. sophomores or juniors who have not previously lived or worked abroad, to take summer internships in Germany, Argentina, or India. Airfare, lodging, and cultural orientation included; knowledge of German for Germany, or Spanish for Argentina, required. (Soph, J)

The Princeton in Asia Fellowship focuses primarily on teaching, but also offers opportunities for Asia initiates in journalism, international development, and business.*

The Teaching Assistant Program in France and the Teaching Assistant Program in Spain are sponsored by the respective Ministries of Education in these two neighboring countries. Each program recruits over 1400 North Americans every year to teach English part-time in K-12 schools. The work pays a modest stipend plus health insurance. To apply, students will need mere proficiency in French, or intermediate Spanish; experience working with youth is an advantage.* (Soph, J, S)

The Teach and Learn in Korea program invites native English speakers to lead after-school English classes for children in the rural provinces. In exchange for your six- or twelve-month commitment, you get a stipend, insurance, airfare, and a free pass to the palaces in Seoul.* (Soph, J, S)

The WorldTeach program sends college students and recent graduates to developing countries around the world to teach English (or, less commonly, math, science, or computing skills). Volunteers gain language, communication, and leadership skills. A modest living allowance covers day-to-day expenses for year-long volunteers; summer volunteers receive no stipend. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Undergraduate Israel Fellowship of Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies invites students of all backgrounds to engage with the complexity of Israel’s history, culture, and geopolitical situation. The fellowship begins in the summer, when participants take language or other courses, or pursue a pre-professional internship, in Israel; it continues through the following academic year, when they attend a dozen or more presentations and seminars on campus. Those interested in Hebrew, Arabic, and the Middle East; in entrepreneurship, engineering, and biotechnology; or in related fields are welcome to apply.* (Soph, J, S)

KEY: F = Freshmen, Soph = Sophomores, J = Juniors, S = Seniors, NGS = Non-graduating seniors (i.e. you have plans to return to Columbia to finish your bachelor's degree after benefiting from the fellowship opportunity), * = Open to non-citizens