Tenable During College

Tenable During College

The following fellowships are for opportunities during your undergraduate career such as study abroad, summer internships, and scholarships.

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

General | Government & Foreign Affairs | History | Language Study
Studying Abroad | Working Abroad | Science | Public Health
Environmental | Pre-Health | Law and Justice| JournalismIdealistically Minded | Fine Arts | Women-Only Fellowships | Pluralistic Identities
Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members


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 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 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 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 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. A stipend sweetens the deal.* (J)

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Government & Foreign Affairs

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 Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship will finance your last year of college and your first year of graduate school in international affairs. In exchange you agree to work three years for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer after completing the fellowship. (J)

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 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 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 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 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 US 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 State Department Summer Internship seeks undergraduates interested in government, diplomacy, and international relations to work in any one of the US 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 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 Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists wants to fund your research project, leading to a publishable essay, on a topic (such as nuclear energy, drone warfare, or genetic selection) that lies at the intersection of science, politics, and public health.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

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 Summer Fellowship Practicum Program at the American Institute for Economic Research offers seven weeks of immersion in the economic research process to seniors majoring in economics, finance, business, or related fields.  Stipend, room, and board included.* (J, S)

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 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)

Language Study

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 Critical Languages Scholarships (CLS) will pay all your expenses, including airfare, if you can commit yourself to a summer’s worth of intensive language study overseas. More than a dozen critical languages are on offer, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Korean, and Turkish. (F, Soph, J, S)

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship will pay you a generous tuition grant and stipend to foster your mastery of a language not commonly studied (which shuts the door on Spanish, French, and German, but admits a whole range of tongues such as Arabic to Armenian to Zulu). You must be prepared to study the language of your choice on an intermediate or advanced level. Summer and academic year programs are available; the latter requires you to combine language training with international or area studies.* (Soph, J)

The Language Intensive Focus Track (LIFT) Scholarship of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers financial assistance to top undergraduates studying language intensively in a year-long CIEE program.* (F, Soph, J, S)

Each year, the German Department provides up to 10 summer language scholarships to Columbia undergraduates who have completed one full year of the Department’s German language classes by the spring semester. Students are enrolled in a four-week intensive language course at the Internationale Sommerschule of the Freie Universität Berlin and are eligible to receive credits for their overseas work if they pursue their German upon returning to Columbia.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Kadar Fellowship  sponsors a summer’s worth of travel for Columbia’s enthusiastic Yiddish students. 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.   Minimum requirement:  a commitment to three terms of Yiddish here on campus.*  (F, Soph, J, S)


Study Abroad

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 Boren Scholarship sponsors students on a half-year or year-long adventure as they study any one of several dozen “critical need languages” in a foreign country. Students must agree to work for the federal government for a year within three years of graduation. (F, Soph, J, NGS)

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to students of limited means to study abroad. The grant will be supplemented if you study a “Critical Need Language” such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Swahili during your adventure.* (F, Soph, J,NGS)

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 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 DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship will fund your study-abroad program in Germany, for a term or a full year, provided you can demonstrate the significance of your project in Germany to your future goals. Knowledge of German not necessarily required.* (Soph, J, NGS)

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 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 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 Leitner Family Student Fellowships for Language Study and Research in Africa will pay for your trip to Africa, to study an African language or to conduct research for your senior thesis.* (Soph, J, NGS)

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 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 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 Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship, sponsored by Columbia’s Global Policy Initiative, supports juniors as they do a summer’s worth of domestic or international research in preparation for writing a globally-oriented senior theses. What makes for a globally oriented thesis? It deals with an issue having demonstrably cross-border implications and promises to culminate in a series of pragmatic policy proposals.* (J)

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 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)

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 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 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)

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Work Abroad

The Columbia Experience Overseas program offers Columbia undergraduate students summer internship experiences in a wide assortment of industries and in such disparate cities as Amman, Beijing, and Mumbai, Seoul, and Shanghai.  Mentoring, housing, social opportunities, and funds for travel (if needed) are included.* (F, Soph, J. S)

The Christianson Grant will fund a student's dream of working—not studying—abroad for at least half a year, provided they make all of the arrangements independently and receive no academic credits for their endeavors.* (F, Soph, J, S)

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 Summer Internship Support program of Columbia’s Middle East Institute offer stipends to students pursuing unpaid internships anywhere in the world, so long as the program or project directly concerns the Middle East.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

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 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)


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 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 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 + housing in NYC. (F, Soph, J)

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 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 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 Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship Program offers ten 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. They make valuable connections in national laboratories or other research facilities and receive a $6,000 stipend. (F, Soph, J, S)

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 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 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 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. In July, the 200 Scholars convene in California to meet each other as well as leading scientists. Stipend and travel grant included.* (Soph, J, NGS)

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 STEP-UP Program of the National Institutes of Health offers a full summer of hands-on research for undergraduates 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.* (F, Soph, J, S)

The UM-SMART Undergrad Summer Program seeks to expose undergraduates 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.* (F, Soph, J, S)

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 Trefil Science Scholarship of the Kosciuszko Foundation offers $5,000 to a Polish American undergraduate (or to a Pole studying in America) who shows promise in the sciences. Financial need and interest in Poland are plusses here.  (Soph, J, S)

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Public Health

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 Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health program invites you to spend the summer at the Centers for Disease Control campus is Atlanta, pondering such topics as air pollution, food shortages, poisoned wells, and other by-products of the strained relationship between the environment and overabundant humanity. Modest stipend included.* (Soph, J)

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 Global Health Research for Undergraduates program gives Columbia undergraduates the chance to do on-site public health research and then study the subject at the University’s medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Summer research unfolds in the Dominican Republic or Haiti; two courses, in research methods and global health issues, bookend this field experience. Funding may be available from the Office of Global Programs or from the medical school’s globally-oriented IFAP program.* (F, Soph, J)

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 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 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 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 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 National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers a generous scholarship towards the cost of attending college, for financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to make a career researching human health. The program welcomes students with a biomedical, behavioral, or social science orientation to health care and health policy.* (F, Soph, J, S)


The Summer Health Professions Education Program, unfolding each summer at 13 campuses across the country (including Columbia's) aims to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in the health field. Students entering the sophomore and junior years receive science enrichment, clinical exposure, and study skill training.* (F, Soph)


Law and Justice

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 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)  

Idealistically Minded 

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.  Having an exisisting business model and some funding already in hand is a plus.* (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 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 J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund offers a stipend to college students who elect to labor in the public interest over the summer (or another academic term) for little or no pay.* (F, Soph, J)

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Fine Arts

The Worldstudio Foundation gives cash grants to financially needy students who are working towards undergraduate degrees in fine arts or photography. (Minority status, if you can claim it, is a big plus here).* (F, Soph, J)

Women-Only Fellowships

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 Talbots Scholarship Foundation will fund at least ten women, who have been out of high school at least ten years, with large cash grants.* (F, Soph, J)

The Glamour Top 10 College Women Competition wants to find ten rising full-time juniors who excel in leadership, community involvement, and academics. Photo shoot and cash grants await you.*

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 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)

Pluralistic Identities

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 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 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 Luys Foundation Scholarship will cover up to half of the cost of attending Columbia, depending on your demonstrated financial need. You must be of Armenian descent and willing to join the Foundation's effort to give the landlocked fatherland a key role in the global economy. (F, Soph, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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

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 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 Washington Leadership Program for South Asian Americansoffers 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 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 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 Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund offers grants to Asian-American college women with a record of academic achievement plus business success or community leadership.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

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 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)

Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members

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 Roger Pilon Fellowship of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University will award $10,000 to each of two full-time GS students, preferably veterans, having a long-term career interest in political philosophy, law, history, or economics; within these fields, applicants should plan to study or advocate for the advantages of political freedom. Apply in the fall for current academic year. (F, Soph, J, S)

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