The Fellowships in Academic Administration program allows advanced doctoral students to apprentice each term in administrative offices across Columbia's campuses. This program is intended to enhance graduate student career preparation by supplementing the training GSAS students receive in research and teaching with an introduction to the day-to-day operations of the University. The experience allows students to cultivate a stronger professional profile and to develop administrative skills in preparation for a career in academia or outside of it.
Student fellows are in years 3-7 of their doctoral program in an Arts and Sciences department. They apprentice approximately 5-10 hours per week in their chosen administrative office for a semester or more, using their significant writing, organizational skills, and research training to advance meaningful projects in their host office. Fellows also attend workshops and information sessions throughout the term.
The application process for Fellowships in Academic Administration is competitive. Fellows are awarded a $2,000 stipend at the beginning of the semester, and receive their normal tuition and stipend if they are in a funded year. Students who fail to complete the assignment or attend the workshops and information sessions will forfeit a pro-rated portion of the semester stipend.
Click here for descriptions of fellowship positions in the spring 2017 participating host offices. Each student may apply for a first- and second-choice position. For general information about participating offices, follow the links below.
- Center for the Core Curriculum
- The Center for Science and Society
- Columbia Alumni Center
- Columbia Community Service
- Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative
- Columbia University Press
- The Earth Institute
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Communications
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Academic Diversity
- Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Society of Fellows
- Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR)
- Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS)
- Office of Planning & Institutional Research, Office of the Provost
- Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
- Office of Research Initiatives
- Office of the Executive Vice President for Research
- Office of the University Registrar and Student Service Center
- Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
- Public Books
- Weatherhead East Asian Institute
If you are interested in working at an office not listed here, or if you are a University Office interested in hosting an Academic Administration Fellow, please contact Stephanie Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply
Application deadline for spring 2017: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Candidates must be in years 3-7 of an Arts and Sciences doctoral program, and in good academic standing. Students may participate for up to a total of four semesters, provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Students may not serve as a fellow for more than two semesters in the same office. We recommend that you discuss with your sponsor that you are considering pursuing this opportunity.
Candidates must submit an online application, which should include the following materials combined into one PDF attachment:
- a cover sheet with your full name, UNI, department or program, first semester of enrollment in GSAS, anticipated graduation date, and the first- and second-choice offices to which you are applying
- a brief personal statement (maximum of 500 words) that addresses professional career goals and how participation in this program will help meet those goals
- a curriculum vitae