M.A. Funding Opportunities
Priority for partial fellowships will be given to applicants who submit all requisite application materials by February 1, 2019. Partial fellowship applications received after February 1, 2019 will be considered depending on the availability of funds. We encourage applicants to seek external funders where practical, and to start looking as early as they can.
To apply for a partial fellowship, we ask that you please request a copy of our application by emailing M.A. Director of Studies Victoria Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application is comprised of several questions that help the committee understand your current circumstances and need for assistance.
Fellowship decisions will be based on both need and merit. Although merit is a consideration, you do not need to list your accomplishments in your partial fellowship application, as it will be read alongside your general application. Please note that partial fellowship applications are confidential and will only be viewed by the necessary faculty and staff at Columbia.
Financial Aid Offered by GSAS
External Funding Opportunities
Fellowships • Travel Awards • Grants • Scholarships
Please find below a sampling of fellowships relating to the M.A. in Global Thought. For a full list of resources including fellowship search databases, please visit the GSAS External Funding website.
Boren Awards for International Travel
Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. The applications are now available. These fellowships are open to graduate students of all U.S. universities. Visit the website for more details: http://www.borenawards.org/program.
American Councils for International Education
American Councils for International Education believes in the fundamental role of education in fostering positive change for individuals, institutions, and societies. The organization has focused its expertise on academic exchange, professional training, distance learning, curriculum and test development, delivery of technical assistance, research, evaluation, and institution building. Visit the website for more details: http://researchfellowships.americancouncils.org/.
Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships
Funding to conduct public service projects anywhere in the world. The support is available for up to two years. Visit the website for more information: http://www.echoinggreen.org/.
Sponsored by the US government, the Fulbright program provides grants for graduate students, scholars, and professionals, as well as teachers and administrators from the U.S. and other countries. https://us.fulbrightonline.org/
Humboldt Research Fellowship Program
The foundation promotes academic cooperation between scientists and scholars from Germany and abroad. The research fellowships and awards allow researchers to come to Germany to work on a project, they have chosen themselves, in cooperation with a German host and collaborative partner. http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/pls/web/wt_show.text_page?p_text_id=5654&p_stencil_mode=1&p_lang=en&p_forum_mode=1
International Research and Exchange Board
The International Research and Exchange Board is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media and foster pluralistic civil society. http://www.irex.org/
Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
For those of you who are going on to graduate school and are also interested in a career in the foreign service of the U.S. Agency for International Development, consider applying to the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program. Payne Fellows work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges including poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism and join USAID once they complete the program. http://www.paynefellows.org/?areaid=2&contentid=941
P.E.O. International promotes educational opportunities for women. The Sisterhood proudly sponsors no less than five international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals. http://www.peointernational.org/
Thomas R Pickering Fellowship Program
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. http://www.twc.edu/thomas-r-pickering-foreign-affairs-fellowship-program
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The division, in conjunction with Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary districts, provides its assistance through scholarship, fellowship, and grant processes. https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs
Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences
The Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance. https://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowship-application
Women in Defense Horizons Scholarship
Women interested in pursuing a career related to U.S. national security and defense shouldn’t miss applying for the Women in Defense Horizons scholarship program. Open to college juniors and above, including those in graduate school, awards are based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, recommendations and financial need. https://www.cfr.org/fellowships