Students

Fellowships in Academic Administration

 

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.

Participating Offices

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.

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 slw2003@columbia.edu. 

How to Apply

Application deadline for spring 2017: Sunday, December 11, 2016

Eligibility Requirements
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. 

Application Materials
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

Please email Stephanie Wolfe at slw2003@columbia.edu with any questions about this program.