Undergraduate Student Fellowships

Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship

To apply for the grant:

  1. Download and fill out the application Download Application
  2. Once completed, submit your application Submit Application
Summary
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Global Policy Fellows
  • Max Binder: "Shopping Centers & the Fetishism of the City"
  • Josue David Chavez: "The Emotional Life of Migrant Poetry and Capitalism: A comparative study of Shenzhen, China and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico"
  • Timothy Diovanni: "The Popularity of Franz Schubert's Music in Parisian Salons During the 1830s and 1840s: An active ground for the shaping of French identity"
  • Anish Gawande: "377: An ethnography"
  • Minji Hong: "The Canadian Success Story: Private sponsorship under scrutiny"
  • Matthew Malone: "Adamawa Language Documentation in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Central African Republic"
  • Benjamin Jared Preneta: "The Trajectory of Local Conflict and International Conflict Resolution in the DRC"
  • Jesse Thorson: "Light for the World: Investigating electricity access in Nicaragua"
About the Fellowship

The Columbia Global Policy Initiative (CGPI) announces an Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship for juniors who seek to conduct policy-oriented research for their senior theses. This fellowship is designed to encourage research that is truly global in nature, addressing problems that impact not just one country or region, but that reflect the challenges of our globalized world. Average awards will be $3,000-$4,000 per fellow, to be used for domestic or international research. Eligible senior thesis projects must be research-based (including but not limited to fieldwork or laboratory research); global in nature (having cross-border origins, consequences, or implications); and oriented toward identifying practical solutions.

Applicants must be current juniors within Columbia College, the School of General Studies, or the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who plan to conduct a senior thesis and who fulfill their department’s requirements for a senior thesis. Students with an expected summer earnings contribution, as determined by their financial aid award, may be eligible for additional support on a case-by-case basis.

Receipt of CGPI fellowship funds is contingent upon four requirements:

1) The proposed project must receive Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval (if required);

To determine if your project requires approval, please contact Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration at Columbia College, at lisa.hollibaugh@columbia.edu or schedule an appointment with the Morningside IRB Office or IACUC Office.

2) Each fellow traveling internationally must:

  • Apply and receive School Sponsorship of his/her travel and submit his/her travel itinerary to the Undergraduate Travel Review Committee for approval (cc-seas.columbia.edu/travelpolicy);
    • For assistance, please contact the Undergraduate Travel Review Committee at utrc@columbia.edu;  
    • NOTE — A decision from the Undergraduate Travel Review Committee may take up to four weeks.
  • Register his/her travel using Columbia University’s Global Travel Portal (globaltravel.columbia.edu/content/register-a-trip);
  • Complete a Pre-Departure Orientation online at least two weeks prior to travel.

3) Each fellow must present her/his research plan at the Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship Research Colloquium in April 2017, as well as present her/his thesis results at next year’s Colloquium;

4) Each fellow must write a one-page research report summarizing her/his thesis findings upon the completion of her/his project.

INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB): The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for ensuring that research involving human subjects is conducted in accordance with all ethical, federal, and institutional guidelines. According to Columbia University policy, all student research involving human subjects must be reviewed by IRB to ensure that it meets all relevant guidelines. A project may also be categorized as exempt research, but it still must be submitted to IRB to determine whether or not it is in fact exempt. Students cannot themselves determine their exemption status, nor can their faculty advisor or Director of Undergraduate Studies. This is the responsibility of the IRB office. Research may only begin upon receiving IRB approval, and CGPI Fellowship funds will not be disbursed until confirmation of IRB approval or exemption is received.

To determine if your project requires IRB approval, please contact Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration at Columbia College, at lisa.hollibaugh@columbia.edu or schedule an appointment with the Morningside IRB Office.

For further information, please visit the Columbia University IRB website. To learn more about student researchers, please see the IRB policy and guidance on students as researchers.

INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE (IACUC): The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for ensuring that research involving non-human animal subjects is conducted in accordance with all ethical, federal, and institutional guidelines. All student research involving non-human animal subjects must be reviewed by IACUC to ensure that it meets all relevant guidelines. Research may only begin upon receiving IACUC approval, and CGPI Fellowship funds will not be disbursed until confirmation of IACUC approval or exemption is received.

For assistance, students can contact the IACUC at iacuc@columbia.edu or 212-305-2404 to discuss their projects. For further information, please visit the Columbia University IACUC website.

Submission Guidelines
In order to apply, please download the application form above, and assemble the required application materials. Application materials must be submitted as a single PDF document.
 

Completed applications will include:

  • A completed project proposal, including the global nature of your project and specific policy goals, targets, and/or implications (see attached);
  • A completed budget proposal (see attached);
  • A current resume or CV (do not exceed one page);
  • A current official transcript from each postsecondary school you have attended;

In addition, please arrange to have written on your behalf:

  1. One letter of recommendation from your prospective thesis advisor within your degree program (see attached template to be given to your recommender). This letter must:
    1. Confirm you are in good academic standing and eligible to complete a senior thesis within the department.
    2. Provide an assessment of the proposed thesis, including methodology within the discipline, planned student and advisor preparation, and ability to achieve the stated research goal(s).

Please ask your reference to email your letter of recommendation to globalpolicy@columbia.edu.

SUBMISSION: Please submit completed applications via the "Submit Application" button above. References should email letters of recommendation to globalpolicy@columbia.edu.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission window, please contact CGPI at globalpolicy@columbia.edu with your application attached as a PDF.

APPLICATION DEADLINEMonday, March 20, 2017 at 5PM EST.  The Columbia Global Policy Initiative does not accept late or incomplete applications. If recommenders anticipate a delay in submitting their letters, we ask that applicants still submit the rest of their materials by the deadline, and alert us that the letter of recommendation will arrive late.

Previous Winners
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Global Policy Fellows
  • April Yon Soo Cho: "Korea in the 21st Century: the Role of Transnational Labor in an Era of Globalization"
  • Daniela Dos Santos Quaresma: "Western Secular Discourse & Islamic Radicalization"
  • Nadine Fattaleh: "Global Interventions in Addressing the Needs of Syrian Refugee Youth"
  • Amelia (Emmalina) Glinskis: "Understanding Oil Palm Expansion in the Peruvian Amazon"
  • Aiden William Slavin: "A Study of Statelessness: Identifying Solutions through the Case of the Syrian Migrant Crisis in Jordan"
  • Elana Sulakshana: "Relocation Policy of Alaskan Native Communities at the Federal, State, and Local Levels"
  • Jonathan Young: "Assessing Risks of Air Pollution for Urban Bicycle Riders"