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The following are funding resources provided by a variety of organizations, foundations and government agencies. Resources are categorized by discipline and alphabetically within each category. Please refer to specific websites for additional information concerning deadlines, qualifications and additional requirements. In addition, the specific websites stipulate the level of degree candidate sought. For example, some opportunities may appear geared towards all undergraduate work, but may in fact seek to fund first-year students exclusively.

In addition, the Columbia University Fellowships Office offers guidance and support for students seeking alternative funding at both Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Fellowships Office is located at 606 Kent Hall. Students may also refer to the Fellowships Office website which contains a highly recommended database of funding opportunities. Additionally, Columbia College has a listing of prizes and fellowships awarded to students for academic and extracurricular achievements. 

Center for Career Education Administered Funding Programs

Columbia College Alumni and Parent Internship Fund 

  • Eligibility: Currently registered Columbia College rising juniors and seniors who are in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA, receive Columbia grant-based financial aid, and have secured an unpaid internship prior to the application deadline
  • Award: Awards range from $300 - $3,000
  • Deadline: April 16, 2014

Columbia Engineering Internship Fund

  • Eligibility: Currently registered Columbia Engineering rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA, receive Columbia grant-based financial aid, and have secured an unpaid engineering internship prior to the application deadline
  • Award: Awards will range from $500- $5,000
  • Deadline: April 16, 2014

Work Exemption Program

  • Eligibility: Currently registered Columbia College or School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate students who are in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA, receive Columbia need-based financial aid that includes a semester or summer savings expectation, and have secured an unpaid internship prior to the application deadline
  • Award: Summer or academic year work expectations are replaced with a Columbia grant
  • Deadline: February 4, 2014 for spring semester; April 16, 2014 for summer

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Columbia School Specific Resources

Columbia College and School of Engineering and Applied Science

School of General Studies

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

School of the Arts

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

School of Continuing Education*

*click on your program's link and then you will see a section entitled "Financial Resources" under Tuition & Financing

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Columbia Resources and Fellowships

Columbia College Prizes and Fellowships

Community Impact Van Amson Service Fellowship Fund

  • Eligibility: Awarded to Columbia or Barnard undergraduate students who have secured unpaid summer service internships in NYC or are interested in interning during the summer with Community Impact
  • Award: $3,000 stipend plus sponsored housing
  • Deadline: March 15, 2013

Congressional Internship Program

  • Eligibility: Open to students of CC, School of Engineering and Applied Science and SGS. The Office of Government and Community Affairs places students in congressional offices in Washington, D.C. for summer internships.
  • Award: Students interning in Washington D.C. and receiving Pell Grants can apply for stipends.
  • Deadline: March 11, 2013

Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant

  • Eligibility: PhD students in GSAS, SIPA, Social Work, TC, and Public Health who conduct social science research about post-1900 China
  • Award: Up to $2,000
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014

Edwin Robbins Summer Research Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Awarded to two junior history majors for summer research on a senior thesis

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

  • Eligibility: All graduate and undergraduate students interested in creating arts-related, student-created, non-curricular projects
  • Award: Up to $500 for individuals and up to $2500 for groups
  • Deadline: The third Monday of each month, at least one month prior to your event.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Columbia College sophomore in good standing with at least a 3.4 GPA with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Award: Yearly stipend of $3,600; summer research funding of up to $3,900 for two summers; travel expense reimbursement up to $1,200 and research expense reimbursement up to $400. After entering a PhD program in a designated field, fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 in undergraduate tuition loan repayment.
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014 at noon

Phyllis Stevens Sharp Fellowship in American Politics

  • Eligibility: Columbia College or School of General Studies student majoring in political science.
  • Award: Provides stipends each year during either academic semester or the summer for one or more Columbia College or School of General Studies students majoring or concentrating in political science to support research in American politics or policymaking or otherwise uncompensated internships in a government office, agency or other organization serving the public.

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Selective Directory of Grants & Fellowships

SEAS Undergraduate Research Involvement Program

SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Columbia University

  • Eligibility: First-year, sophomore or junior student at CC, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Barnard, or GS who is interested in spending the summer working full-time on biology related laboratory research
  • Award: $4,000 stipend
  • Deadline: February 3, 2014

Weatherhead Training Grant

  • Eligibility: MA students in GSAS and all professional school students to support research or internships in East Asia
  • Award: Up to $3,000
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014

Weatherhead Undergraduate Training Grant

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students for summer projects in East Asia that develop academic and/or professional expertise
  • Award: Up to $2,500
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014

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General Resources

Foundation Directory

Foundation for Sustainable Development

FinAid

GrantsNet

Institute of International Education

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Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities, and Media

ARTS Intern

  • Eligibility: Students must be attending a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City or be residents of New York City; enrolled full-time and entering there sophomore, junior or senior year; and must demonstrate financial need.
  • Award: Stipend of $3,300
  • Deadline: Positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Cultural Vistas

  • Eligibility: US citizen; rising junior or senior with minimum GPA of 3.0; no prior work or study abroad experience
  • Award: Travel expenses covered; internship placement
  • Deadline: February 7, 2014

DAAD: Summer Internships in Germany - InternXchange

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in journalism school or majoring in journalism and proficient in German. Students will learn about Germany's society, culture and politics and participate in an internship at a newspaper, TV or radio station.
  • Award: Monthly stipend of €650 and a partial travel subsidy of approximately €650 (East Coast) or €975 (West Coast) towards the cost of international transportation to Germany. DAAD also provides health and accident insurance.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Gilder Lehrman of American History Scholars Program

  • Eligibility: Sophomore and junior students studying American history to conduct primary-source research and prepare historical materials for publication
  • Award: Stipend of $2,200, along with room, board, and a $600 travel allowance for a five-week program in New York City
  • Deadline: March 1, 2014

Google Journalism Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Student who is eligible to work in the US and at least 18 years old.
  • Award: Stipend of $7,500 and a travel budget of $1,000.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students majoring in advertising, marketing or public relations
  • Award: Undergraduate scholarships: $5,000 each; Graduate scholarships: $10,000 each
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014

New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: College undergraduate and graduate students who are permanent residents of one of these states. Graduate students must also be members of New York Women in Communications in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full before applying - no exceptions). Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications
  • Award: Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000 and are awarded to 18 students
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

Peggy Guggenheim Internships

  • Eligibility: Students of different cultures interested in museum management who are fluent in English and Italian
  • Award: Stipend of €2250 for three months, €1500 for two months and €750 for one month
  • Deadline: January 18, 2014

Pulliam Journalism Fellowships

  • Eligibility: College students and recent graduates interested in reporting, new design and graphics and photojournalism.
  • Award: Stipend of $650/week.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2013

Robert L. Bartley Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: First Year, sophomore, junior, and senior students aspiring to a career in journalism to work as editors for the Wall St. Journal's opinion pages
  • Award: Paid internship
  • Deadline: January 15, 2014

Shakespeare Theatre Company Internships and Fellowships

  • Eligibility: Requirements vary depending on focus of internship; however most interns have an undergraduate degree in theatre and are in the early stages of their professional career
  • Award: Weekly stipend of $150 and most interns are eligible to receive rent-free, fully-furnished housing
  • Deadline: April 1, 2014

Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards Program

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, and senior students interested in learning about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through research and museum-related internship projects
  • Award: Stipend of $550/week
  • Deadline: February 1, 2014

T.Howard Foundation

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate minority college student; U.S. citizen or F-1 visa holder with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Award: Paid summer internship in media-related field at multimedia or entertainment firm
  • Deadline December 1, 2013

UNAIDS Special Youth Programme

  • Eligibility: Young people (preferably with university degree) aged 20 - 24 years from developing countries with some program experience in HIV related issues
  • Award: Remunerated 9 month fellowship
  • Deadline: March 5, 2014

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need pursuing degrees in fine or commercial arts, design, or architecture who plan to enter a career in the creative professions
  • Award: $2,000 - $3,000 with a grand prize award of $6,000 and honorable mention awards of $200
  • Deadline: March 28, 2013

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Fellowships in Education

Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

  • Eligibility: Junior and senior students of underrepresented minorities to participate in a four-week intensive graduate school application process workshop at Phillips Academy
  • Award: Participants receive a $1,200 stipend, travel expenses, and room and board.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2014

SROP - Summer Research Opportunity Program at Northwestern

  • Eligibility: Provides sophomores and juniors majoring in most disciplines an opportunity for direct involvement in research
  • Award: Students receive a $4000 stipend, access to $500 for research supplies, complimentary round-trip travel to the Northwestern campus, complimentary University housing (single rooms), and a campus meal subsidy of $500 (not intended to cover all meals).
  • Deadline: February 1, 2014

SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships at CalTech

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students collaborate with mentors to develop and work on a research project
  • Award: $600/week
  • Deadline: February 22, 2014

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Fellowships for Leaders and Adventure Seekers

Christianson Grant

  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident between the ages of 18 to 23 who is participating in a work, internship or volunteer abroad program of at least six months
  • Award: $2,500 to $10,000
  • Deadlines: March 15, July 15, and October 15

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

  • Eligibility: Juniors and seniors submit essays that analyze urgent ethical issues
  • Award: $500 - $5,000
  • Deadline: December 9, 2013

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Fellowships in the Public Service Sector

American Bar Foundation - Summer Research Diversity Fellowships for Undergraduates

  • Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA and a major in the social sciences or humanities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Award: Stipend of $3,600
  • Deadline: February 15, 2014

CHCI Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: Open to latino students/alumni who have earned a bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date
  • Award: Paid fellowship programs to gain experience in national level public policy
  • Deadline: February 28, 2013

City of New York: Urban Fellows Program

  • Eligibility: Seniors and recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in public policy
  • Award: Nine-month stipend of $30,000 and health insurance
  • Deadline: January 10, 2014

Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP)

  • Eligibility: Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend school in New York City. Students are placed at paid internships at for-profit, non-profit and Jewish community organizations in New York City.
  • Award: Paid internship

Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)

  • Eligibility: Students with leadership potential are chosen to pursue public service internships in Washington, D.C.
  • Award: $2,000

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

  • Eligibility: Students and graduates with demonstrated leadership potential who are committed to public service. 
  • Award: Participants $3500 tuition fee is waived, excluding a $350 deposit. Fellows receive stipends based on documented financial need. Other forms of assistance may include tuition and student loan deferment, subsidized housing and health coverage options.
  • Deadline: January 22, 2014

Davis Projects for Peace

  • Eligibility: First Year, sophomore, junior, and senior students design grassroots projects for peace
  • Award: $10,000 per project
  • Deadline: January 2014

Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Bachelor's degree or equivalent; committment to social justice; leadership qualities and skills
  • Award: $16,000 annual living allowance, health insurance, travel expenses, $4,000 housing subsidy in D.C., $3,500 end of service award, housing during field placement
  • Deadline: January 13, 2014

The Harry Truman Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Juniors who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors
  • Award: Up to $30,000 in funding to pursue graduate degrees in public service fields
  • Deadline: November 26, 2013

Humanity in Action (HIA) Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: First year, sophomore, junior and senior students are selected to study human rights, diversity, and minority issues through debates, seminars and site visits and are then eligible for internship opportunities at civic and political organizations
  • Award: HIA pays for travel, accommodations, and provides a modest food stipend.
  • Deadline: January 9, 2014

ILF Civic Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage
  • Award: Eight week paid summer internship, or $2000 stipend, with government agency or official
  • Deadline: February 15, 2014

Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: Seniors and recent graduates can apply to this 11 month fellowship with the California Legislature
  • Award: Monthly stipend of $1,972, as well as medical, dental and vision benefits and fully-paid enrollment at California State University, Sacramento
  • Deadline: February 10, 2014

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students seeking support for an unpaid or low paying internship in the public service sector
  • Award: $2,000

Lend for America Microfinance Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate student currently enrolled at US based University
  • Award: Stipend of $2,500 and paid travel expenses
  • Deadline: March 30, 2014

Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Junior and senior students who have been selected by the Department of State for internships in London, Paris or Washington, DC, are U.S. citizens and have obtained institutional endorsement from their university.
  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: November 1, 2013

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Provides funding to sophomore and junior students as they prepare for a career with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service
  • Award: Tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and first year of graduate study. Students must attend a summer institute between their junior and senior years at a graduate school of public policy and international affairs participating in the Pickering program.
  • Deadline: January 24, 2014

UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

  • Eligibility: First year, sophomore, junior and senior students who have not had many opportunities to travel abroad and who express an interest in international collaboration
  • Award: Varies based on funds available and quality of applicants (expected to be around $2,500)
  • Deadline: February 24, 2014

The Villers Fellowship

  • Eligibility:  Candidates must be authorized to work in the US, demonstrate a commitment to social and health care justice advocacy and commit to mentoring at least one person over the course of their career. 
  • Award: Annual salary of $38,000 and excellent health care benefits.
  • Deadline: January 20, 2014

White House Fellows

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions. Fellows spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff.
  • Award: Salary of approximately $100,000
  • Deadline: January 15, 2014

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents or citizens of India; be between the ages of 21 and 34 on 9/1/14; and have completed an undergraduate degree prior to 9/1/14.
  • Award: Round trip airfare to India, insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend of Rs. 16,000 - 35,000/month based on location.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, and senior students of color who would like to study issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit organizations
  • Award: $2,000 to $4,000
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014

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Fellowships in the Sciences

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

  • Eligibility: This scholarship provides funding to rising juniors and seniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, natural science, or engineering.
  • Award: Up to $7,500 annually
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

Brown and Caldwell Scholarships: Minority Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: This scholarship aims to increase opportunities for future scientists and engineers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
  • Award: An optional paid summer internship at a Brown and Caldwell office and a $3,000 scholarship to cover tuition for the following school year
  • Deadline: April 15, 2014

DAAD: Summer Internships in Germany (RISE - Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students from the US, UK, and Canada work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 1.5 to 3 months during the summer.
  • Award: All participants receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, U.S. citizen, GPA 3.0, and majoring in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science. This program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prepares undergraduate students for a career in oceanic and atmospheric science.
  • Award: Academic assistance up to $8,000 per academic year, a 10-week full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility and, if reappointed, academic assistance up to $8,000 for a second academic year
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

GEM Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate engineering fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships.
  • Award: MS Engineering Fellows receive a $16,000 stipend over three semesters/four quarters, a minimum of two paid summer internships with a GEM Employer Member and waived tuition and fees at a GEM University; PhD Engineering/Science Fellows receive a $14,000 stipend in year 1 of the PhD program, GEM Member University support in years 2 - 5, a minimum of one paid summer internship with a GEM Employer Member, full tuition and fees at a GEM Member University
  • Deadline: November 15 (annual)

Google Policy Fellowship

  • Eligibility: First year, sophomore, junior, and senior students work at public interest organizations and conduct research and analysis, draft reports and attend conferences on issues related to the future of the Internet and its users
  • Award: Stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks

Horseshoe Farm Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Students from all majors and backgrounds can apply, especially those interested in community based service leadership and social entrepreneurship.
  • Award: Free housing and $500/month
  • Deadline: February 10, 2014

Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust

  • Eligibility: Fellowships are available for seniors and students in the last year of a PhD program who have manifested exceptional ability and serious purpose in any discipline, though special consideration will be given to applications in the humanities.
  • Award: Undergraduate students receive $14,000 and graduate students receive $22,000 during the course of an academic year
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

  • Eligibility: This is a ten-week summer internship program dedicated to recruiting women and under-represented minorities who are matriculating in math, science, and engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Award: Stipend of $650/week for undergraduate students and $750-850/week for graduate students, travel costs to and from the host site; and travel costs to the site of the Technical Forum for presentations and awards
  • Deadline: January 15, 2014

Microsoft Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who plan to pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.
  • Award: Scholars receive full or partial tuition awards and are required to apply for, and complete if offered, a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington
  • Deadline: January 31, 2014

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.
  • Award: Up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board and other educational expenses. All Udall Scholars attend a four-day summer orientation in Tucson, Arizona.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students interested in focusing on aeronautical research
  • Award: Undergraduate students receive $15,000 for each school year, $10,000 summer internship at a NASA research center and two years of support; graduate students receive $35,000 stipend, $11,000 awarded each year, $10,000 summer internship at a NASA research center and two years of support

NASA LARSS Paid Internship Program

  • Eligibility: This paid internship is open to full-time college students who are rising juniors and above, U.S. citizens, with a GPA of 3.0 and an interest in a discipline related to NASA's work. The summer session is a 10 week internship program.
  • Award: Rising juniors and seniors receive a $5,000 scholarship and graduate students receive a $6,000 scholarship
  • Deadline: February 5, 2014

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: First year, sophomore, and junior students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research
  • Award: Up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses, renewable up to four years; 10 week paid summer research position at a NIH laboratory, full-time employment with the NIH after graduation
  • Deadline: March 3, 2014

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Eligibility: Be in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field or be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution by Fall 2013
  • Award: $30,000 annual stipend (anticipated to increase to $32,000 for FY13),  $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution
  • Deadline; November 4, 2013

NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Health Research Training Program

  • Eligibility: This program provides undergraduate and graduate/professional students the opportunity to work on current public health issues under the close supervision of experienced professionals for 10 - 12 weeks during the summer and part time during the academic year
  • Award: Financial aid is available on a limited basis
  • Deadline: February 15, 2014

Pasteur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Eligibility: American postdoctoral scientists who wish to pursue research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris
  • Award: $70,000 annually
  • Deadline: September 15, 2013

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Summer Housing Options 

  • Check local universities for discounted summer housing for students
  • Check city-specific housing websites and local newspapers for summer sublets
  • Ask your internship supervisor where past interns lived
  • Arrange to room with friends who are interning in the same city
  • Speak with family & friends who may have contacts in your internship location to see if they can recommend housing options

Here is a list of housing resources in some major U.S. cities:

Atlanta
Chicago
New York
North Carolina