Upcoming Fellowship and Award Opportunities

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the launch of many 2021-2022 fellowship applications has been delayed. As a result, some deadlines are not yet available. Please return to this page regularly for updated deadlines and application information.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants

Application deadline: December 1, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates working on their dissertation and who have conducted social policy research

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

Application deadline: December 4, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the natural sciences

Obama Foundation Scholars Program

Application deadline: TBD, 2021-22 cycle information is forthcoming
Eligibility: Scholars who have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region, or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills, and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities

Ford Foundation Fellowships

Application deadline: December 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET (dissertation and postdoctoral); December 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET (predoctoral)
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences who are planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Center for Engagement Scholarship (CES) Dissertation Fellowships

Application deadline: December 15, 2020
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the social sciences who are writing their dissertations

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

Applications are currently not being accepted; if you would like to receive notification should the application season open in 2021, please visit the site for instructions.
Eligibility: PhD candidates in the humanities and related social sciences

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships

Columbia internal application deadline: TBD, usually mid-December. GSAS will send the application by email to eligible students when it becomes available in late November.
Eligibility: Continuing MA and PhD candidates who are US citizens in all fields of study

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Application deadline: January 5, 2021
Eligibility: PhD candidates in years one through three of a humanities or social sciences program whose work relates to one of the foundation's four themes: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada and the World; or People and their Natural Environment

Chateaubriand Fellowship

Application deadline: January 6, 2021
Eligibility: PhD candidates in STEM, humanities, and social sciences disciplines who plan to conduct dissertation research in France for four to nine months

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

Application deadline: January 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT
Eligibility: PhD students working in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high-energy density physics

Graduate Women in Science Fellowships

Application deadline: January 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Eligibility: Self-identified women who are PhD or MA candidates in STEM fields

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowships

Application deadline: January 13, 2021
Eligibility: First-year PhD candidates in the physical, computer, mathematical, or life sciences

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Application deadline: January 15, 2021
Eligibility: PhD and MA candidates who self-identify as women, and who are nationals of a country on the eligibility list

Boren Fellowships

Application deadline: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET. There is no campus review process for Boren applications. Please submit directly to Boren by the posted deadline.
Eligibility: MA and PhD candidates who are studying less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Josephine De Kármán Fellowships

Application deadline: this fellowship is not accepting applications from Columbia students for 2021-22 fellowships
Eligibility: PhD candidates who will defend their dissertations in or around June 2021; special consideration given to applicants in the humanities

Summer Funding Opportunities

Application deadlines: February through April 2021

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship—Summer

Application deadline: February 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET for all world areas
Eligibility: MA and PhD students whose program combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship—Academic Year

Application deadline: February 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET for all world areas
Eligibility: MA and PhD students whose program combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship 

Columbia internal application deadline: March 29, 2021; write to Sandra Peters at scp3@columbia.edu for more information
Eligibility: Post-MPhil doctoral students who are conducting research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies* (Please see additional notes at the bottom of this page.)

Lindt Dissertation Fellowship

Application deadline: March 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET 
Eligibility: PhD students in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology who will complete the dissertation by May 2021

Zuckerman Dissertation Fellowship

Application deadline: March 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET 
Eligibility: PhD students in History, Philosophy, or Sociology who will complete the dissertation by May 2021

Summer Language Fellowship for International Students

Application deadline: TBD, please visit the Summer Language Fellowship page for more information
Eligibility: International PhD students in the humanities and social sciences who need to study a foreign language abroad during the summer 

GSAS International Travel Fellowships

Application deadline: TBD, please visit the International Travel Fellowships page for more information 
Eligibility: PhD students who have completed all MPhil requirements and passed the prospectus defense, and for whom international travel is necessary for the competition of the dissertation

Harriman Curriculum Development Grant

Application deadline: TBD
Eligibility: PhD candidates interested in developing new curricular offerings on Russia in the social sciences

Harriman Russian Studies Research Grant

Application deadline: TBD
Eligibility: PhD candidates conducting research in Russian studies

Eisenhower/Roberts Graduate Fellowship Program

Columbia internal application deadline: March 5, 2021; write to Sarah Jackman at gsas-fellowships@columbia.edu for more information
Eligibility: PhD candidates researching the role of government in a free society, citizen public service, public policy, and on improved understanding of America’s role in world affairs

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Fellowships (Academic Year) and Grants (Summer)

Application deadline: March 12th, 2021
Eligibility: MA and PhD students whose research is focused on East or Southeast Asia 

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-March
Eligibility: Those in possession of a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2016, and June 19, 2020

Sakıp Sabancı Center Summer Fellowships

Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-March
Eligibility: Humanities and Social Science PhD students in years one through six who will conduct no less than one month of library, archival, or collection research in Turkey during the summer

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Application deadline: TBD, usually mid-May
Eligibility: PhD candidates in physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, or computer or computational sciences who are at work on the dissertation

Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Application deadline: TBD, usually June
Eligibility: PhD candidates with dissertation projects in any field of Turkish Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are in the sixth or seventh year of their program

CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application deadline: TBD, usually June
Eligibility: PhD candidates interested in cancer research who will have completed the degree by the start of the program and who have published at least one first-author paper in a top-tier journal

Congressional Research Grants

Application deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year
Eligibility: Students with a serious interest in studying Congress; a significant portion of the funds is awarded for PhD dissertation research

Data Science Fellowships (The Data Incubator)

Application deadline: multiple deadlines throughout year; for upcoming program deadlines, please check the Data Incubator website
Eligibility: MA and PhD candidates who are within one year of graduating

Interschool Fellowships at Columbia

Columbia internal application deadline: TBD
Eligibility: To receive these need-based awards, which range in amount from $1,000 to $5,000, students must be enrolled in an Arts and Sciences graduate program during the 2020-2021 academic year, and must meet the requirements of the relevant fellowship. The online application will include a list of all 2020-2021 fellowships and their respective requirements