The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce a new initiative to recruit members of groups who will enhance the diversity of Columbia's PhD programs. Through the Office of the Provost’s Diversity Recruitment Fellowship Fund, approximately thirty one-time research stipends of $6,000 each will be awarded to selected incoming PhD students. The fellowships will be distributed proportionately across the university’s graduate schools, with an emphasis placed on programs in need of special recruitment efforts, through a process overseen by GSAS.
The Provost’s Fellowships will be funded through the $30 million investment, as part of Columbia’s continuing commitment to enhance faculty and pipeline diversity. The goal of this new initiative is to enhance the university’s diversity by making fellowship offers to US citizens and permanent residents who have overcome challenges or hardships in achieving acceptance to Columbia or who have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity. Examples of such challenges or hardships might include experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, family history of post-baccalaureate opportunity, gender identity and gender expression, disability, and military service. Examples of a demonstrable commitment to diversity might include a particular research focus, a history of service, community engagement, and/or mentoring activities.
“These fellowships will attract talented scholars with a commitment to diversity to pursue graduate education at Columbia, which will, in turn, contribute to the diversity of the university's academic and professional community,” said Carlos J. Alonso, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and vice president for graduate education.