Doctoral & Graduate Student Fellowships

Graduate Global Policy Fellowship



Announcing the 2018 Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellows
  • Anca-Ioana Agachi—Columbia SIPA: "Conflict Management in Cyber Space"
  • Sydney Amoakoh—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "The Growth of Transparency, Accountability and Human Rights in Humanitarian Policy: Drafting menstrual health into the Sphere 2018 Handbook"
  • Jessica N. Arnold, Nigora Isamiddinova, Ji Qi, Alonso Flores, Nitasha Nair—Columbia SIPA: "Innovative Climate Adaptation Mechanisms to Build Climate Resilience in the Sahel"
  • Jessica Burke—Columbia SIPA: "Development for Peace? A Qualitative analysis of US Investment in the garment sectors of Israel, Jordan and Egypt"
  • Gabriella Ginsberg-Fletcher—Columbia SIPA: "Mainstreaming Gender in State Building (in Timor Leste)"
  • Alexandra Moore Kotowski—Columbia SIPA: "Child Marriage Advocacy in Zimbabwe"
  • Eleni Leleki—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "The Impact of the EU-Turkey Deal on the Protection Framework of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Greece?"
  • Ahmed Mohamed—Political Science, GSAS: "Can Religious Messages Increase Electoral Accountability?"
  • Stephanie Regalia—Columbia SIPA: "Implications of Land Reform in Malawi: A case study of land tenure changes in East and Southern Africa"
  • Jaakov Schulman—Columbia SIPA: "Electoral and Community Outreach in the Maldives"
  • Irina Soboleva—Political Science, GSAS: "Civil Governance and Democratic Consolidation in Post-War Ukraine"

The Columbia Global Policy Initiative has announced the winners of the Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellowships for summer 2018. Having supported 68 graduate students and doctoral candidates over the past six years with support from The Endeavor Foundation and The Lenfest Group, this fellowship opportunity is for graduate or doctoral students in the following disciplines: human rights, humanitarian affairs, energy and the environment, sustainable development, international conflict resolution, and political science.

What is the Global Policy Initiative?

The Columbia Global Policy Initiative, as conceived by President Lee C. Bollinger and led by founding director Professor Michael W. Doyle, brings together eminent Columbia faculty members and distinguished policy professionals from the widest range of relevant disciplines. These experts not only address global problems comprehensively, building on the relevant range of scholarly expertise, but also find effective ways of influencing global policy by engaging stakeholders and policymakers. Through this research, the Initiative hopes to provide an intellectual basis for policy, thereby helping to bridge the gap between scholarship and global policymaking.

What is global, policy-oriented research?

The Columbia Global Policy Initiative seeks to support research that is truly global in nature — addressing problems that impact not just one country or region but that reflect the challenges of the globalized world in which we now live. All projects must also have a strong and practical policy application. While it is not expected that students achieve all goals set out in their research, their proposal and thesis must have specific policy targets and recommendations that add value to the research field.

What kinds of projects are eligible for funding?
  • Applied, searching for effective solutions that can be implemented;
  • Research-based, drawing on in-depth, rigorous analyses;
  • Global in nature, having cross-border origins, consequences, or implications;
  • Responsive to the needs and voices of stakeholders;
  • Including but not limited to fieldwork or laboratory research.
What kind of funding is available?

All awards will be made on a competitive basis. Award amounts will be determined individually by project with a maximum award of $2,500 per fellow. Funds can be used for domestic or international work.

View the next tab for Submission Guidelines.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

To apply for a summer fellowship, please submit the following materials to your department/concentration for nomination by Wednesday, April 25. Departments/concentrations will nominate students to the Global Policy Initiative and we will confirm nominations no later than Friday, April 27.

  • Two page project proposal including the project topic, research strategy, and anticipated contribution to global policy. Please describe the global nature of the project, and the specific policy goals, targets and implications of the research;
  • Resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Project budget;
  • Travel advisory reports for all countries of destination outside of the United States, available at Please note that applications will not be approved for travel to countries listed under Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) and Level 4 (Do Not Travel).

For questions regarding the Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellowship, please contact  

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Required for SIPA Students - Summer Pre-Departure Sessions on International Travel:

All SIPA students traveling on Columbia/SIPA business must comply with CU/SIPA International Travel Planning and Polices. If you are traveling internationally this summer for Internship, Workshop, Field Placement, Conference or Event, Study Abroad, with a Student Group, or on any other CU/SIPA business, you must attend a Pre-Departure Session on SIPA’s International Travel Policies and Resources. You are required to attend only one of the below sessions and register your intention to travel through the SIPA Assumption of Risk, Waiver, and Release form.

Students who have previously attended a Pre-Departure Session do not have to attend another one but must still register travel in OrgSync and ISOS’ MyTrips and comply with all CUITTP tiered requirements. EPD and Capstone students who will be traveling but who did not attend any of the previously provided briefings should attend one of the below.


  • OSA Pre-Departure Session I for all SIPA students: Mon, April 16, 1-2pm, room 1510 IAB
  • OSA Pre-Departure Session II for all SIPA students: Tues, April 17, 1-2pm, room 1510 IAB
  • OSA Pre-Departure Session III for all SIPA students: Wed, April 18, 3-4pm, room 1510 IAB
  • OSA Pre-Departure Session IV for all SIPA students: Thurs, April 19, 2-3pm, room 1510 IAB
  • OSA Pre-Departure Session V for all SIPA students: Wed, May 2, 11am-12pm, room 1510 IAB
  • OSA Pre-Departure Session VI for all SIPA students: Thurs, May 3, 1-2pm, room TBD IAB
  • OSA Pre-Departure Session VII for all SIPA students: Fri, May 4, 11am-12pm, room TBD IAB


SIPA students traveling abroad over the summer for research, study, workshops, internships, student group travel or any other university-sponsored business.


Compliance with CUITTP, Travel support and emergency services through ISOS, pre-travel health assessments through CU Health Services, medical insurance through On-Call, sharing travel plans with families/friends, staying connected.

If you are unable to attend one of these pre-departure sessions or if you have any questions on SIPA international travel polices, please contact Dean Brown at

Previous Winners

Previous Winners

2017 Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellows
  • Daniel Bradley—Columbia SIPA: "Being LGBTI in Asia"
  • Hannah Howroyd—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "Natural Resource Control and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia's Santa Cruz Department: Post-neoliberalism Rhetoric and Reality"
  • Egor Lazarev—Political Science, GSAS: "Impact of Conflict in State-Society Relations in Chechnya"
  • Anika Michel—Columbia SIPA: "Camp for Peace Liberia"
  • Theo Milonopoulos—Political Science, GSAS: "In the Shadow of Victory and Defeat: Battlefield assessments, mid-war decision-making and the expansion and termination of armed conflict"
  • Zaib Rasool—Columbia SIPA: "Working with the UNDP Innovations Unit in Jordan"
  • Samuel Ratner—Columbia SIPA: "Preventing Civil War Recurrence: Investigating rebel re-mobilization after DDR"
  • Stephanie Schwartz—Political Science, GSAS: "Homeward Bound: Return migration and conflict in Burundi"
  • Alexandra Von Arx—Columbia SIPA: "Rebuilding a Cambodian National Identity in a Post-Genocide Society"
  • Huda Wajih—Columbia SIPA: "Pakistan's First 'Violence Against Women's Center:' Successful implementation and expansion"
  • Yemi Melka, Myrian Smith, Yunwen Sun, Ronak Maheshwari, Gabriel Guggisberg—Columbia SIPA: "The SolEnergy Initiative"

2016 Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellows
  • Jennifer Ching, Fatine Jabre, Mona Sultan, Marie von Hafften—Columbia SIPA: "A Joule in the Life of a Refugee"
  • Alok Rajan, Anirudh Sharma, Eleanor Shi, Felix Tan—Columbia SIPA: "Roshan Rajasthan: Solar Development and Financing"
  • Utsav Dhoj Adhikari, Jeewon Kim, Diana Nielsen, Adi Subramanian, Katherine Sullivan, Sonya Suter—Columbia SIPA: "RMap"

2015 Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellows
  • Riza Aryani, Lia Cairone, Caitlin O’Donnell—Columbia SIPA : "Intersection of gender and ecosystem issues (preservation, sustainability, and resource use), specifically in relation to the forestry sector in Indonesia"
  • Anthony D’Agostino—Columbia SIPA: "Credit-increasing banking sector reforms and climate change exposure in India"
  • Caroline Doenmez—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "Gender-based violence against aboriginal women in Canada"
  • Eugenie Dugoua—Columbia SIPA: "Strategic implications of geoengineering in climate change cooperation, and side payments as a potential governance tool"
  • Eyal Frank—Columbia SIPA: "Wind energy expansion and its effects on bat mortality, insecticide use, and agriculture"
  • Jaclyn Sawyer—School of Social Work: "Criminal justice reform, specifically in relation to library and education programs within prison systems in Nigeria"

2014 Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellows
  • Alexandra Britton, Hildegunn Hansen, Marc Tuozzolo, Ying Wang—Columbia SIPA: "The Impact of Sustainable Small Scale Mining (SSM) in Ghana with the Center of International Conflict Resolution and UNDP Ghana"
  • Rachel Claude, Nadesha Roberta Dias, Harpreet Gill, Priyanka Maria Johnson, Boris Maguire, Drew Morrison—Columbia SIPA: "Humanitarian Crises Intervention Simulation in Bochum, Germany"
  • Luis Figueroa—Columbia SIPA: "Environmental Policy at the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)"
  • Manal Kahi—Columbia SIPA: "UNDP LAC Regional Service Center Climate Change and Energy Regional Technical Analysis"
  • Fiona Messent—Columbia SIPA: "Summer Internship with Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) in Venice, Italy"
  • Helen Patrick—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "Bridging Disability and Development with Cheshire Services Uganda" 
  • Rita M. Sandoval—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "Internship with the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) in Kampala, Uganda"
  • Jaclyn Sawyer—Institute for the Study of Human Rights, GSAS: "Pilot Library Kuje Prison Project—Citizens United for the Rehabilition of Errants (CURE) Abuja, Nigeria"

2013 Graduate and Doctoral Global Policy Research Fellows
  • Jonathan Blake—Political Science, GSAS: “Rituals of Contention: Participation in Loyalist Parades in Northern Ireland”
  • Michael Broache—Political Science, GSAS: "Examining the Impact of International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutions Initiated During Ongoing Conflict on Violence Against Civilians"
  • Kate Cronin-Furman—Political Science, GSAS: “Bargaining over Justice: Accountability in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity”
  • Marine Guillaume—Political Science, GSAS: “Why weapons cease to be strategic? Measuring the impact of moral preferences and symbols in the evolution of the international legal order”
  • Semee Yoon—Columbia SIPA: “Light up: the impact of electricity grid expansion on welfare of Vietnamese Households from 1993 to 2010”