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

General

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 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)

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 Coca-Cola Fund for Summer Study in China will contribute up to $1,800 towards your study of Chinese through a Columbia-run language program in Beijing (elementary through advanced) or Shanghai (intermediate or advanced levels only). You must show that you could use the financial help.* (F, Soph, J, S)

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)

Study Abroad

The Presidential Global Fellowship aims to identify and train an elite 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 an individualized global education plan; group sessions to explore international career and fellowship opportunities; and alumni mentoring.* (F)

The Boren Scholarship sponsors you on a half-year or year-long adventure as you study any one of several dozen “critical need languages” in a foreign country. You 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 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 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 your summer research project (or unpaid internship) anywhere in East Asia. You will need to 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 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 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 Christianson Grant will fund your dream of working—not studying—abroad for at least half a year, provided you make all of the arrangements independently and receive no academic credits for your 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, you will need mere proficiency in French, or intermediate Spanish; experience working with youth is an advantage, of course.* (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)

Science

The Goldwater Scholarship will contribute $7,500 towards your junior or senior year if you can demonstrate that you intend to devote your 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 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 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)

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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)

Environmental

The Udall Scholarship will pay $5,000 towards the expenses of your junior or senior year. To win, you need to show that you 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)

Pre-Health

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is designed for undergraduates 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 health care 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.*  (J, S, Postbac) 

Law and Justice

The Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice supports more than 15 undergraduates each summer with weekly stipends of $450 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)

Journalism

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 + travel allowance included.* (F, Soph, J, S). 

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 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 contribute $10,000 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 cash grants of $15,000.* (F, Soph, J)

The Glamour Top 10 College Women Competition wants to find 10 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; the Program for Continuing Education offers grants up to $3,000 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 ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 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 scholarship, known as National Leadership Grants, ranging from $5,000-$25,000. 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)

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 Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund aims to help needy Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders get through college with grants of $2,500 to $10,000. Limited to citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the U.S.* (F, Soph, J, NGS)

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 $2,500 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)

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